Sunday, December 3, 2023

We are improving but we want to get better and better – Avram Grant 

Zambia National Team head coach Avram Grant believes the team is improving and are now understanding each other more on the field of play. 

Grant feels the first game against Lesotho at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium was good but the second game away was better and the Ivory Coast game, showing a clear progression. 

The former Chelsea and Portsmouth boss says the team wants to continue improving and becoming better. 

“The team is doing very well, we want to improve our game. We used the game against Egypt to see some players who had not played and we will do the same against Uganda. 

Our target is to improve the team and the system we want to play. The first  game against Lesotho was good, the second was better, Ivory Coast was better. I think the team is improving a lot and understanding each other more. We have a clear system that we play, yes we will also use other systems and no doubt we are improving, we want to get better and better,” he said. 

Grant revealed that the main target for today’s game despite wanting to win every game is trying out new things and making the team stronger. 

When asked about players who are yet to get game time under his reign, Grant said the players in his squad are all good but he can only use a limited number at a time. 

“We want to win any game, but for a friendly game it’s not the main target. We want to try things and make the team stronger, see the shape of the players because we have qualifiers next month and we have to be at our best,” he said. 

“Any player that is in the squad is a player that can play, but we can only play with only eleven at a time and five or six substitutes.”

The Israeli gaffer was also full of praise for the players who he believes are very good boys, professional, behave nice and give their best. 

“The boys are very good, they are professional, they behave nice and give their best. You can’t complain about the effort they give, and they are improving,” he said. 

“We just need to do what we talked about and try our best in the next window because we have a tough group in the World Cup qualifiers. We have to do everything to get to pot 2 and then who knows, we need to know our place if we want to develop.”

The Chipolopolo Boys’ will square off with Uganda at 19 hrs local time and 17h00 Zambian time at the  Hamriya Stadium in sharjar.

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