Monday, June 24, 2024

Chiyangi talks preparation, U23 duo jellying with teammates and importance of fans

Zambia national team stand-in coach Aggrey Chiyangi says building up and encouraging the players is the most important thing right now.

Chiyangi also revealed that the U23 national team duo of striker Patson Daka and midfielder Enock Mwepu are jellying well with the players.

“The most important thing is building up the players from that disappointing loss to Algeria, as we prepare to face Zimbabwe tomorrow our job has been to encourage them so that they regain their confidence,” he said

“Mwepu and Daka were initially part of this team but there were some arrangements that were made that they should go and be with the U23 but we have now recalled them. We are happy that they are here and they are jellying well with the rest of the team.”

This will be Zambia’s second game of group H matches having been beaten 5-0 by the African champions Algeria.

Football is not a game where you would play the whole 90 minutes with mistakes, but again we are preparing to avoid as many mistakes as possible especially in defence-Chiyangi

“Every game as got its own pressures, but we will have to avoid it as much as possible especially from the fans. what is important is we need to keep our heads cool and not be disturbed by that.”

Coach Chiyangi also encouraged the fans to be patient with the team and not put them under so much pressure.

“Everyone involved in football must be able to understand that this is a competition and not only one team is preparing. Fans should be able to know that even the opponents were preparing hard to win. They should be able to understand as well that this is the national team that is there. Fans will always be there for the team, Me as a coach might leave soon but fans who are the real owners of the team will always be there.”

Zambia and Zimbabwe will tomorrow face each other in a group H second round encounter at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Tickets have already gone on sale in all Shoprite outlets at K30 all round and K150 Vip section.


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