Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda warns against complacency

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda warns against complacency
Wedson Nyirenda

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 09:30

Zambia national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has warned his charges against complacency as they meet Swaziland this weekend.

Chipolopolo are set to face the Isihlangu Semnikati for the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Championships qualifier at home.

Fresh from a 4-0 win in Mbabane last weekend, Nyirenda wants another victory to boost their passage to the tournament in Kenya.


“That is the biggest problem we have….yes, we may be four goals up but that can also pose a big danger to the team where you now put up a mediocre home performance,” said Nyirenda.

“There are two things here: having scored four goals away and then playing the second leg at home. It may bring a lot of reluctance among the players, so what we are doing now is to be hard on them [players] to make sure they don’t relax.

“From the first training session, it will not be something that will be jovial. It will be intensive psychologically and the players have to know that we are not here to joke.”

In other news, the coach said defender Solomon Sakala has been excused because his club team, Napsa Stars, has a programme with him. He has been replaced with Nkana defender Moses Nyondo.

The return leg ill be staged on Saturday at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

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