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Three things Chiyangi needs to do on Saturday

Zambia national team will host Botswana in the second leg of their Cameroon 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier at Heroes Stadium on Saturday.

The Aggrey Chiyangi tutored side played out to a goalless draw with the Zebras last Friday in a boring encounter that did not inspire a lot of confidence.

Chiyangi who doubles up as Green Eagles boss is now faced with the huge task of making sure Zambia progress to the next round especially that the Copper Bullets has not done well in the recent past on the continental stage having missed on the last two Africa Cup of Nations.

To be able to inspire confidence in the fans and give a good account on Saturday, The stand-in gaffer will need to do some things differently or Zambia may just miss out on another tournament.

CHANGE THE FORMATION

Chiyangi predominantly plays the 4-4-2 formation with two sitting strikers and two defensive midfielders. This leaves little room for creativity.

The formation does not allow for a creative second striker or an attacking midfielder. This means the team has to almost always play through the wings and the only alternative is to play long balls but what if the opponents close the wings then what happens?

One of the two defensive midfielders will have to be dropped to give way to a more attack-minded player or alternatively one of the strikers being dropped to play a creative midfielder in the ‘number 10’ role.

PLAY BRUCE MUSAKANYA

Bruce Musakanya is one of the most creative players in the team summoned by Chiyangi but for reasons best known to the coach Musakanya has not been given a chance to prove himself. The Red Arrows Captain was one of the best players in the just ended transitional league as evidenced by the two nominations for fans player of the year and player of the year.

Musakanya should be given chance to start on the wing ahead of Enerst Mbewe. The reason Enerst Mbewe starts on the wing ahead of is that he helps out in defense but then again doesn’t the formation already provide extra cover with the two defensive midfielders ?.

Musakanya has a lot of experience and most importantly can beat players and cut inside to score goals. He and Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba can switch from one wing to the other to confuse the Botswana defense and they actually will offer more in creativity as a pair.

BE MORE ADVENTUROUS

Chiyangi is known to be a reserved coach and rarely goes all out attacking in a game. That’s clearly understandable because keeping a clean sheet is just as important as scoring.

To win a game however a team needs to score goals and on Saturday the Copper Bullets need to find the back of the net to win the game and progress to the next round of the CHAN qualifiers especially that the opponents, Botswana is a team they have beaten on ten occasions in 18 meetings.

The winner over the two legs will progress to the final round of qualifiers and will face either Angola or eSwatini for a place at the Cameroon 2020 CHAN.

The tickets for the return match between Zambia and Botswana are on sale from Computicket at any Shoprite Outlets. VIP tickets are K100 and K20 will give fans access to the North, South, East, and West stands.

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers
Zambia vs Botswana
Time : 15:00hrs
Venue: National Heroes Stadium

 

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6 Comments to Three things Chiyangi needs to do on Saturday

  1. GSK11 says:

    Thanks for highlighting Bruce musakanya’s nil game time. Hardly featured at COSAFA – ? mild injury. The Botswana team is more attack minded but poor finishing cost them at COSAFA.
    The home team likely to show a bit of nerves early on, but even without L Kambole expecting a win. Good luck Zed!!

  2. Mingalato says:

    The way Ernest plays reminds me of Valencia of Man.united. They should do Ernest a favor, drop him from 7 to 2, and he will be best Zambian player.
    Yes Chiyangi open up game please, score, this is not a league which Green Eagles wins with draws.
    Also sometimes we just like to enjoy the match. That’s why we wanted those under 23 for CHAN. so play:
    Musakanya, of course.
    Larry Bwalya
    Lawrence.
    Add some excitement, not ifya ma serious and prayers all the time. God loves Tswanas too.

  3. 90 minutes says:

    Good analysis except bashi Tapson (Chiyangi) is a very defensive minded Coach.

  4. Fanatic says:

    Yes, there is need to attack a little bit more, but his tactics have worked so far. I think it’s ok to draw with a clean sheet away. Remember under Jan Brower or something, Zambia played a beautiful passing game but always lost with narrow margins. Aggrey Chiyangi has done well so far, let’s support him so that he can keep improving. He has already worked on our defense, let’s keep giving him good suggestion in attack

  5. EMMANUEL MWAPE MULENGA says:

    FOOTBALL HAS CHANGED SO THE APPROACH EACH COACH SHOULD HAVE A DIFFERENT APPROACH ALL TOGETHER. AGGREY IS SMART, I DON’T LIKE HIS WAY OF COATCHING STYLE. I HAVE ALWAYS SAY AND WILL ALWAYS SAY AGGREY IS NOT A GOOD COACH. PLEASE REPLACE BESTON CHAMBESHI WITH AGGREY CHIYENGI FOR THE SENIOR CHIPOLOPOLO TEAM.

    APOSTLE EMMANUEL,
    LUWINGU DISTRICT,
    NORTHERN PROVINCE,
    ZAMBIA, AFRICA.

  6. Tony mash says:

    So far chiyangi has a very impressive record and he is the only man who can coach chipolopolo.

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