Chipolopolo Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic takes charge of his debut game this Thursday in a friendly home game against Malawi at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Micho is using the friendly to select his 2020 CHAN team for next month’s tournament outing in Cameroon.
Furthermore, 14 players from that team are battling to impress the Serbian to join the eight foreign call-ups for Chipolopolo’s 2021 AFCON Group H doubleheader qualifier against Botswana on March 26 in Lusaka and March 29 in Gaborone.
“In the little time that we have had together in training, we want our match to be a reflection the way we train and the way we want to play for Zambia in the best possible,” said Micho.
Zambia and Malawi renew rivalries for the first time since the 2019 COSAFA Cup quarterfinals last June in Durban that Chipolopolo won 4-2 on post-match penalties en route to lifting the title in South Africa.
“We remember at COSAFA we drew 2-2 but beat them on penalties and matches against Malawi have always been football thrillers and we expect a football thriller tomorrow,” added the former Orlando Pirates mentor.
But Micho has excused a number of key players from Zanaco and Zesco after their recent continental and pressing backlog of league obligation.
However, Zesco defender Clement Mwape has made the team together with the Zanaco duo of striker Chitiya Mususu and wing-back Kebson Kamanga.
Kabwe Warriors striker Jimmy Ndhlovu returns to the fold for the first time since 2016 following his impressive domestic form where he has scored 10 League goals.
By Kalumiana Kalumiana,
FARPost’s Zambia Correspondent