Friday, June 21, 2024

Mwepu: We need to show character and aggression against Algeria

Chipolopolo midfield ace Enock Mwepu says Thursday’s Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria is a game that has everything riding on it.

The 23 year old midfielder arrived in the country this Monday afternoon together with Red Bull Salzburg teammate Patson Daka and Polish based winger Lubambo Musonda to complete Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s squad for the back-to-back games.

Mwepu believes the team just needs to work together and show character when they come up against Algeria on Thursday.

“First of all  I am happy that we are here, we thank God for the traveling mercies. The Thursday game is a game that has everything riding on it,” 12 times capped midfielder said.

“If we win this game, we have a chance to pull out everything in the last game. All we need is everyone to show character, be aggressive, and know that it is everything we have, if we lose this game then we are done,” he said.

“My word to the guys is that let’s play compact, play together, help each other, and show good character, and have the right mentality.”

The Chambishi native also revealed that they [Mwepu and Daka] had to convince Red Bull Salzburg the importance of this tie for them to be allowed to travel to Lusaka in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic protocols.

“We had to convince the club we know how important this game is, we want to play for the nation, it needs us and it’s important to us. we look forward to Thursday and can’t wait for the game,” he added.

Mwepu has asked the fans to pray for the team and support them as they can’t do without them.

” For me, what’s important is to give my best and the fans will judge for themselves. For me, it’s to play my best and win,” he said.

Mwepu made his international bow in September 2017 against Algeria in a Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The marauding midfielder came off the bench to score the third goal in the 3-1 win over the North Africans.  

“I would say they just have to support us and pray for us, We know that Algeria will not be an easy game, they have to be with us. We need the fans without them we are lost, we need their prayers and support. We will give them what they deserve, They deserve better and deserve to win.”

The match against Algeria will be played on Thursday at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka at 21:00hours.

Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s side will wrap up the qualifiers with an away fixture against Zimbabwe on Monday next week.

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  1. The starting lineup is key to our win. Aggressive is the way and we should not allow Algerians to play. When we loss position all 11 men to be behind the ball.

  2. Coach should start with strongest permutation. Mid field should use mwepu, 3c and another strong skilful player at the same time don’t split this combination. But you’re the Coach we can only suggest

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