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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