Chiyangi talks preparing the team, players proving themselves and an open-door policy
Zambia National Team stand-in coach Aggrey Chiyangi says his focus in the upcoming International Friendly matches is to prepare the team and see the best players for the important fixtures ahead.
Speaking in an interview from Niamey, Niger, Chiyangi said that he doesn’t compare and gauge the team based on results instead knowing what you want to get out of preparations is what he wants.
“For me, preparation is not like comparing the games other teams have played. Preparation is what you want to get out of a game. For us it’s what we want to get out of this preparation that’s our focus,” he said.
He further tasked the players who are in the squad to prove themselves that they are worth deserving a place in the team once they are given an opportunity to play.
“My only message to the players is that once you are given a chance to play you just have to make sure you do your best to prove that you deserve that position.”
“We have very important games that we have to play, the Africa cup Qualifiers those games are important to us. We really need to get the best out of every player that plays,” he said.
The Chipolopolo gaffer went on to call upon all the players who are not part of the team to continue working hard because their time will come to also play since he can’t pick everyone at the same time but the door is always open for everyone.
“A national team is not like a club. A club is limited because once you register the players it ends there. The National team is open to anyone at any time can. The doors are not closed it’s only that in football the numbers are limited u cannot pick everyone, you just have to pick those you consider for that time but that doesn’t mean that the rest of those who remain are not good players they are still good players their time will also come,” Chiyangi said.
Zambia will face Niger tomorrow in the first of the two Friendlies before traveling to Cotonou in Benin to lock horns with the Squirrels on Sunday as they wind up their West African tour.
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