Friday, June 14, 2024

Vandenbroeck: FIFA Rankings puts Zambia as favourites! Even though circumstances favour Namibia

Chipolopolo Boys coach Sven Vandenbroeck has said Zambia will go into September 7, Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia as favourites according to FIFA rankings but the Brave Warriors hold the advantage.

And the Belgian coach has confirmed as earlier revealed by the ZamFoot Crew that the Chipolopolo Boys will play Gabon in a friendly match on September 11.

“If we go and look at the CAF or FIFA ranking, then we are the favourites because we are the highest ranked of all four in our group but circumstances are in favour of Namibia,” the former Cameroon assistant coach said.

“The reason is that they scheduled the game on an artificial field, they have had a six week camp to prepare for the game and they play at home.

“That is why I see a light advantage for them in the game. That does not mean we will not do everything to win because it is in all our good to bring the three points home.”

Despite Zambia being a regional powerhouse with 17 African Cup of Nations appearances, the Chipolopolo Boys have struggled against Ricardo Manetti’s Brave Warriors in the last four years.

With both sides losing on match day 1, pressure is on Vanderbroeck and Manetti to collect maximum points in Windhoek.

While the Chipolopolo Boys will be in action against Namibia, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau will battle it out for group supremacy.

A defeat for either Zambia or Namibia might see them six points off the group leaders.

And because of that background, Vandenbroeck is aware that it’s a must win encounter for either side.

“I think it is a very important game for both of us. It is a must win for both. We are both at zero points, so if we want to have a chance to qualify, we both have to win,” he said.

The away match Windhoek will be the Belgian coach’s first competitive game as Chipolopolo coach.

FULL SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos) Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns-RSA)

DEFENDERS: Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Gideon Sichone (Green Buffaloes), Gampani Lungu (Supersport-RSA), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon) Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Stoppila Sunzu (FC Metz-France), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe-Congo), Lawrence Chungu (Buildcon), Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel Raanana-Israel)

MIDFIELDERS: Nathan Sinkala (TP Mazembe-Congo), Sululani Phiri (Polokwane-RSA), Enock Mwepu (RB Salzburg-Austria), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffalos), Lubambo Musonda (Gangzasar Kapan-Armenia), Clatous Chama (Simba-Tanzania) Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe-Congo), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows)

STRIKERS: Augustine Mulenga (Orlando Pirates-RSA), Fashion Sakala (Oostende-Belgium), Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates-RSA), Patson Daka (RB Salzburg-Austria), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco)

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9 Comments

  1. Team selection is good. The coach needs to add steel at the back. Donashona malama and ziyo tembo should be considered..

  2. I say. the coach has done his home work, I also agree that Ziyo should be considered, though I don’t about his performance in Saudi

  3. Donashano for me I think there z no need for him to come just to be on the bench because Sinkala(Sinks) will play he z a senior player let the bench be for youngsters. Ziyo let him settle down in SaudArabia at his new club at least for now.

  4. Good team selection with a very health bench. All players selected do deserve it. Those left out please improve your performances and you will be in. It is about quality and not quantity. Stiff competition among players this around. Great for Zambian football

    26 and only eleven will start plus 5 on the bench meaning 10 will not make the final team. Very good. Job well done coach. I am fully in support of you

  5. Edward Chilufya, Emmanuel Banda, Kalunga, and the UK boy are also within spitting distance

    Let us all support this coach. Sven you have shown that you are clever. Big up and thumbs up

  6. This is what we expect from serious coach. Why some were drop earlier Wada knows but we should learn a lesson. Never again try aa Zambian, if there is money. Too much unwarranted hatred, kwati bana bakwe….wamona we are now applying addition Mathematics to qualify when we had players loafing else where. Its better to loose with those you have selected….bravo coach!

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