Sanjase impresses Micho…As the gaffer targets a tightened defense ahead of World Cup qualifiers
Chipolopolo Boys head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has expressed happiness with the way his team improved from one game to the other during the just-ended FIFA window-friendly tour in West and North Africa.
Micho was quick to give credit to his players for working hard and improving with every match they played within a short time.
The Copper Bullets played four matches (Three FIFA-approved friendly matches and one practice match) winning just one losing two and drawing one with six goals scored and eight scored.
The Serbian gaffer believes his work now lies in defense where the team needs to tighten up after only keeping one clean sheet in four matches.
“It’s not easy to play four very tough matches in eight days, in Senegal, in Benin and Sudan. When you look at everything, we have improved from match to match, I need to give credit to the players they have worked hard and have respected the national team jersey by giving their best hence being rewarded by winning today,” he said.
“Three very good tests, unfortunately, we have been without a full squad, but we have widened the pool of players and when the others join us we will prepare well and have a good competitive team that will enter World Cup qualifiers and put Zambian peoples dreams into reality.”
“We traveled a lot and in countries with different weather conditions and I believe once we recovered fully, properly acclimatized we immediately showed the full capabilities of the team. We scored in every game but on the negative side we only kept one clean sheet and this is where our work lies we need to tighten at the back and improve our defending,” he added.
Micho was also quick to heap praise on Young Green Eagles goal-minder Gregory Sanjase who put in a shift and half to keep a clean sheet in the final game against Sudan.
“I believe in this match our goalkeeper Sanjase (Gregory) showed that he could be a goalkeeper that we could rely on. Other players also showed that they are competitors for places in the team. We however need to be critics of ourselves so that we improve before we can start World Cup qualifiers,” he said.
Zambia started their friendly matches tour with a 3-1 loss to Senegal before drawing with Benin 2-2, losing to Sudan (in a practice match) 3-2, and then finally beating Sudan 1-0 (in a FIFA Approved international friendly match).
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