Zambia out to embarrass Swaziland again

Zambia out to embarrass Swaziland again
Conlyde Luchanga of Zambia clears ball from Machawe Dlamini of Swaziland during the 2016 Cosafa Cup Quarterfinals match between Zambia and Swaziland at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 19 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 12:00

Zambia will hope to finish the job when they welcome Swaziland for their 2018 CAF Africa Championships second leg qualifier on Saturday.

The second leg is set to be a crunch tie for both as the Swazis will want to avenge their loss in front of their home crowd last week.

Wedson Nyirenda's men went to Lobamba and claimed a 4-0 win over their hosts, and Chipolopolo will now want to wrap up the proceedings in Lusaka.

However, despite their 4-0 win, Nyirenda remains wary of the Swazis and wants his men to remain disciplined.

“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.”

Looking at Isihlangu Semnikati, coach Pieter De Jongh has to push his troops to fight for revenge in Lusaka.

Although a 4-0 defeat is hard to overturn, anything can happen in football but he will have to ensure they improve their defence.

Although there are internal squabbles in the team, with reports that players were starved in camp, the coach will want an improved showing on the day.

The winner over both legs will meet either South Africa or Botswana on August 12 as they will move closer to booking a spot in Kenya next year.

The National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka will be the venue on Saturday with kick-off set for 15:00 (CAT).

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