Generally we (Zambians) are too kind! Sven urges his players to be more nasty on the pitc
Sven Vandenbroeck has barely been in Zambia for less than six months and the Belgian has already noticed one thing associated with being ‘proudly Zambian’.
Frenchman Herve Renard, the man who led the Chipolopolo Boys to the African Cup Nations triumph cited that Zambians are too nice as he compared to West Africans.
On Friday morning at Football House, Vandenbroeck made a passionate call that Zambians should stop being too kind, not in bad way but good way.
The Belgian trainer has called his players to show the guts, grit, aggressive and more importantly ‘more nasty behaviour on
“Sometimes I feel that, and it is in general here in the country, that we are too kind for each other. If something goes wrong, we have to have the guts to tell each other that you are wrong. You made this mistake and we have to accept,” the frank talking coach said.
“We are also too kind in making fouls when we have difficult moments. I am not saying we have to kick someone, but break the rhythm in the game to overcome the difficult moment.
The Belgian trainer has called on his players to show guts, grit, aggressive and more importantly ‘more nasty behaviour on the pitch.’
“I would like to see some more nasty behaviour on the pitch without being violent or injuring the opponent.”
Vandenbroeck went further to state that he has doubts in the mental strength of his players even though he is confident in the skills and how his team plays.
“It is an easy task in our mind because we know the direction, we know what we have to do, it will be a difficult task on the pitch. Not because I am not confident, I am confident in the skills and how we play, my doubt is a little in the mental strength to play an away game, to overcome difficult moments during a game.”
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