Allan Chibwe: Zambia can claim top spot

Allan Chibwe: Zambia can claim top spot
Allan Chibwe of Zambia during the 2021 Chan football match between Zambia and Guinea at Limbe Stadium, Limbe, Cameroon on 23 January 2021 ©BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jan 26, 2021. 13:00

Zambia goalkeeper Allan Chibwe has talked up his team’s chances of claiming top spot in Group D at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon.

Chipolopolo are tied with Guinea on four points at the top of the log, heading into their final group stage clash against Namibia in Limbe on Wednesday evening.

The Brave Warriors will have nothing to play for, having been mathematically eliminated after losses to Guinea and Tanzania.

Chibwe believes Zambia not only have a strong chance of finishing in the top two and advancing to the quarterfinals, but could win the group outright and theoretically face a weaker opponent in the next round (the runners-up from Group C).

“We have a coach and he will come up with a plan on how to get three points against Namibia,” Chibwe is quoted by Goal.

“We will go to training and work hard and come up with a plan to defeat Namibia.

“We are expecting a tough match like what happened in the [2018 edition] where we drew against them.

“We are looking forward to winning against them this time and top the group to meet the second-placed team from [Group C].”

Zambia’s 1-1 draw with Guinea this past weekend saw Chibwe pick up a knock, though he refused to come off the pitch.

“God has granted me this opportunity to maximise my potential to the fullest,” Chibwe added.

“For me, I thought [the injury] was not that bad but at the end of the first half, the doctor told me how severe it was.

“I just want to fight for my nation and position and at this stage, I have worked so hard to have this position and opportunity to convince the coach that I can do better than what I am doing now and a small knock cannot take me out of the game.”


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