Monday, June 24, 2024

Work hard for game time or find a new club… Micho tells bench-warming national team players

New Zambia national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has advised players not having game time to work hard and get game time or move to another club where they can have game time.

The Serbian gaffer who spoke to the ZamFoot Crew when he was unveiled on Monday afternoon at Barca Academy said the players needed to take responsibility and not be blame shifters.

“One of my dreams is to find a way for our players that are supposed be flag bearers of the game in Zambia to pull up their socks and sleeves so that they are not cry babies and making excuses and are not blame shifters.”

They have to take responsibility where they have been signed they have been signed to make a difference. Some are making a difference while others are not. Those making a difference should keep up while the others should use this period from now to June to work hard or move to clubs where they can play so that as we move individual players can grow and the team for us to achieve the dream at the top of the pyramid.

“My advice to them is to pull up their socks and do more than what they are doing in training now. We can not beg their coaches to play them they need to show on the pitch that they deserve to play.”

” We need to have as many players playing active football which will make us more competitive,” he added.

The 50-year-old was unveiled yesterday after penning a two-year deal and will immediately get down to work.

Zambia has a busy schedule ahead starting with back to back AFCON qualifiers against Botswana in March.

The Copper Bullets are also expected to start their race to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year. Zambia was drawn in Group B alongside Tunisia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea.


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  1. I like what I’m hearing from this coach so far. I think h e has the right approach and I hope the players can buy into his philosophy. We need players with mental toughness who will not just be content with signing a contract in a foreign land but strive to be the best on and off the pitch. All the best to him

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