Zambia national team assistant coach Beston Chambeshi says his team’s preparations are going on well despite injury concerns two to key defenders. Former Sensational Zanaco captain Ziyo Tembo and Chippa United midfielder Donashano Malama are in the treatment room with an ankle injury and back pain respectively.
The team has however continued their preparations for the international friendly against Morocco on Sunday in Marrakech.
“The only thing that is hindering the team is these two players who are still on the injury list, Ziyo Tembo and Donashano Malama. You know these are key players in our defense and if you miss these players it is really worrying,” said Chambeshi in an interview with the ZamFoot Crew.
Chambeshi who also doubles up as Nkana coach is optimistic that the Under 23 defenders who are part of the squad will rise to the occasion when the team faces Morocco.
“We have (enough) confidence in the young boys that are here, Moses Nyondo, Shemmy, and Kebson, I think they are jellying well in the team and they are doing fine. We hope and trust they can stand the pressure against Morocco, We have the confidence in them,” Chambeshi said.
The Copper Bullets suffered a 2-1 loss in their first game of the tour of North Africa and will now face Morocco this weekend. Chambeshi is confident the team will put up an improved performance against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
“The team is okay and we are looking forward to Sunday’s game. The first game it was just like our first warm-up game, even our preparations against Cameroon it wasn’t all that enough and we had to play, as at now everyone is looking sharp,” He said.
The Morocco trip is an invitation from the Royal Moroccan Football Federation which is hosting the Copper Bullets up to 17th June as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries back in 2017.