The communications manager for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Sydney Mungala reports that there are no injuries worries regarding the Chipolopolo lads ahead of their opening Group F match at the present Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mungala has given his word that every member of the squad is fit medically and is getting ready for the game.
Mungala stated in a ZANIS Sports interview that the team has already completed the pre-match procedures, which include the medical exam.
“For now everything is okay and the team is medically fit and so we are hoping we can have a good opening match on Wednesday against Congo DR,” He stated.
According to Mungala, the technical staff anticipates that the team will be prepared for Wednesday’s game.
“The technical bench is expecting that going into the first game with Congo they will be ready, the team is housed at the Site CAN which is the tournament village where the other two teams namely Congo DR and also Tanzania are, Morocco is at a different facility at their own cost,” He stated.
Having missing out on at least three tournaments, Mungala stated that the team is motivated to succeed in their first one.
He stated the team had a feel for the immaculate training facility at the Lycee Moderne Lucien Yebarth in San Pedro.
Mungala declared, “The players were genuinely enjoying their training during that session and the training facility is in perfect condition.”
The manager of FAZ Communications encouraged supporters to back the team.
Mungala emphasized that in addition to the senior AFCON showcase, the team has participated in a number of continental competitions at varying levels.
“They have won the AFCON at Under 20 level in 2017. They’ve played at the AFCON at Under 23 level in 2019, so one of the missing pieces was the AFCON main and we believe that all the efforts that we have done to just help prepare the team, point to giving the team the best possible preparatory mode,” He stated.
The team led by Avram Grant will play their first Group F match against DR Congo on Wednesday at 22 hours Zambian time at Laurent Pokou Stadium. Four days later, they will play Tanzania in their second match.
Zambia’s last group game is scheduled for January 24 against Morocco.