Match Build-up: Sunzu / Ziyo partnership
The Positives and negatives of the Possible Partnership
There has been a lot of negative energy towards Chama following his bad day at the office againt Nigeria.
Most are of the thought that Ziyo Tembo must partner Stopilla Sunzu in the heart of defense this Sunday as Cameroun host Zambia in Limbe this saturday.
Zambianfootball.co.zm looks at what the partnership may bring both in terms of strengths and Weaknesses.
The two are not blessed with blistering pace and as a result are bound to struggle againt pacey players in 1 V 1 situations.
When dealing with Players full of trickery like Clinton Njie and Benjamin Moukandjou the two may have challenges coping.
Untested / Communication
The first time the two played as a pair was on Tuesday against Uganda and still remain untested at this stage of competition. The mere fact that the partnership has not played together may make communication a challenge in the early stages. One Hopes that by the time the game stabilises, the two will be in sync and put in a massive shift
Both have great ability to win back the ball from the opposition even at the highest levels of pressure.
Time and time again Ziyo has proved to be a rock in the heart of the Zanaco defense and Sunzu is one we know very well at the Top Level. Such quality can never be too much and is always welcome.
Positioning and Awareness
Knowing where to be, when to be and what to do. Right positioning makes 50% of the Job done and the other half goes toward awareness.
Knowing when to engage and when to stay off. The two have these qualities in abundance.
His skills on the ball aside, Vincent Aboubacar is a monster and will bully anyone off the ball. Luckily, both Sunzu and Ziyo have the Physique to match up to the Besiktas Striker and any other Target man that cameroon may employ on the day.
More often than not, Sunzu has held his own and has had excellent performances against ‘BIG’ forwards.
Big Match Temperament
In all Big Games for Zanaco, Tembo has been phenomenal. The Zanaco skipper has led from behind giving his team inspiration all season as they stand strong on the top of the log. Without writing much about Sunzu, he has already proved himself at the highest level. That he held his won to net the 2012 finals winning penalty speaks much about his temperament
Other than defending?
Sunzu is well known for the danger his poses going forward on set-pieces and has always registered his name in every season played in France from set pieces.
His partner Tembo is the highest scoring defender with five goals in all competitins this year. When the two step up into the box for set-pieces, you can hold your breath for a possible goal threat.
By Franklyn Malambo
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