Friday, April 12, 2024

We have to show character and stay focused for 90 minutes – Janza

Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has said his team will have to show character in today’s match against Tunisia as he looks to break Tunisia’s dominance over the Chipolopolo.

Janza was speaking yesterday at the team’s base in Equatorial Guinea.

“We don’t have to sleep. In 90 minutes, players have to have the character to stay focused and keep going forward.

Janza also touched on the absence of influential midfielder Nathan Sinkala whose loss he said was a blow to the team.

“It is a painful situation [Nathan Sinkala’s injury] but such things can happen in a tournament,” he said.

“But you don’t need to cry over spilt milk but we have to motivate the other players that are coming in, the ones that are getting into the shoes of Nathan. We have to compensate his absence with a win,”

Janza stated that he knows what is at stake and is aware what to expect from the Arabs.

“We know their weaknesses. We know where we can disturb them and we have to work against their strength and work towards their weak points. For a team to win, it’s about scores so we need to score goals.

“They are good at set pieces so we have to be very organised during set pieces and also we have to improve on our technical ability in terms of ball possession. We shouldn’t give the ball anyhow so [we] manage our ball possession very well,” Janza said.

But his opposite, Tunisia mentor Georges Leekens, thinks otherwise.

“We will not dwell on past results. We have respect for Zambia, they won the Africa Cup not so long ago [2012] so I expect them to give us problems but we are hoping to win,” Leekens, who once coached former Chipolopolo skipper Kalusha Bwalya, said.

Zambia play Tunisia at 18:00hrs in a game the team cannot afford to lose.

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11 Comments

  1. Ba Coach, tell your defenders to avoid committing fouls in the last 25 meters bcos that tunisian guy KHAZRI is as dangerous as Messi when it comes to free-kicks

  2. at power lubambo used 2 play no 8…he ate ba chimpinde inamba…the boy is influencial and covers a lot of space with pace and skill.the boy is accurate and ambitious.he proved it against japan…to me he applies himself more accurate and purposeful than bruce and chisamba.

  3. If I were Janza, I would play Kalaba at No 8 ( That’s his best position ), start with Lubambo on the right wing, Evans Kangwa at Centre forward, Given Singuluma at 10 and Mayuka on the left wing. That would be our most potent strike force.

  4. Its not a situation of if this or that player plays, the position one is deployed to play, (though I know the importance), team play is what will win us this game. Zambia is emerging victorious tonight. GOD bless Zambia. Go Chipolopolo go!!

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