Every player has to earn their place in the national team – Micho
Zambia national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says all the players will have to fight for places in his squad and no player will be given preferential treatment.
The Serbian gaffer told the ZamFoot Crew during a press conference on Thursday at Football House that all the players will have to prove that they deserve to play in the national team.
“We shall properly assess all the players and use them. I have two targets with Zambian football players: to establish the authority of knowledge, show them that I know something with the knowledge I have of African football, and add to what they have and spice it up,” he said.
The other one is the authority of justice. No player will be favored and no player has the right to say am there but has to earn it and this is my obligation to the fans and I can assure you it will happen.
The former Orlando Pirates boss believes Zambia is everything it needs to qualify to the biggest football showpiece on the continent, The Africa Cup of Nations after missing two times in a row.
“We have everything it takes to take us to AFCON after missing two times but we need that sense to feel that our players are like students who know what the exam will bring but there is still that unpredictability in the game of football that says we shall see what the game will bring,” he said
” We are accountable to the millions of Zambians and we can’t say we have done something if we don’t bring results,” he added.
The Copper Bullets will return to action in November when they face off with Botswana back to back between November 9th and 17th in their 2021 Cameroon AFCON qualification race.
Zambia is currently bottom of their group without a point while Zimbabwe is in second position on 4 points behind leaders Algeria who have 6 points. Botswanaise in third position with a point.
Micho is no stranger to this situation of a team desperate for AFCON qualification having guided Uganda after a 38-year-old jinx to qualify for the biggest continental football fiesta – the 2017 African Cup of Nations where they only managed a point as they held Mali to a 1-1 draw.
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