ZAMBIA: Micho reflects on debut Chipolopolo game

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Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is pleased to have begun his Chipolopolo Zambia tenure with a win but insists there is a lot of work to be done.

Chipolopolo on Thursday beat Malawi 1-0 in an international friendly played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Napsa Stars striker Collins Sikombe scored the only goal of the encounter in the first half which happened to be his debut goal for the ‘Micho coached Zambian side.

“We are taking the positives and negatives from this game and when we talk about the positives, I wish to express my appreciation to the players for abiding to our wishes of playing our brand of football; building from behind and appearing in the pockets of space,” Micho said.

“However we are still very far from providing that attacking automatism in varieties from the sides to the center in space. We were also not happy with that and from set-pieces where we need to be much more dangerous.

“We know that set-pieces are chronic problems for Zambia in international football but we still have a lot of space to work on that to improve and develop.”

‘Micho’ now trims his team from 35 to 26 ahead of Zambia’s departure for Uganda this Sunday to play a three-nation tournament against Uganda and Mali on March 17 and 19 respectively in Kampala.

‘Chipolopolo’ will later play Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on March 21 on their way back to Zambia for final preparations for the 2021 AFCON qualifier Group H doubleheader against Botswana on March 26 in Lusaka and March 29 in Gaborone.

“Finally I would just say this is the end of the road for some of the players because we need to decide 23 players plus three goalkeepers who are going to play in the three nation’s tournament in Uganda and against Ethiopia on our way back,” concluded the former Orlando Pirates coach.

By Kalumiana Kalumiana,

FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent 

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