Monday Jun 07, 2021. 16:00
A bruised Chipolopolo Zambia are back in action this Tuesday in Cotonou where they play hosts Benin on the penultimate leg of their three-match-friendly tour.
Kick off of the match will be at 18h00 CAT.
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team goes into the match battling to redeem themselves following a humbling 3-1 away loss at the hands of the 2019 AFCON runners-up Senegal on June 5 in Thies.
The Serbian-born coach said he hopes Zambia would against Benin start the way they ended with a late second half surge they displayed in the Senegal game in which they conceded all the three goals in the opening 45 minutes of the match.
“The negatives we shall take from that match is the first half performance where the defensive blunders were unacceptable and now we enter into tomorrows match with a mission to tighten our defence like iron in order to be effective and not concede any more goals,” Micho said.
Micho also hinted that he may have to drop one of the two Zanaco strikers Moses Phiri and Roger Kola he started against Senegal after the duo failed to click before the former was substituted after an hour.
“We are also looking to improving our display in the middle of the park and being much more dangerous towards the opponent’s goal than we had in the last match,” Micho said.
“So this second match is going to be a good test of character and measurement of value against a very good competitive team.”
Meanwhile, this is Zambia and Benin’s second meeting over the last 24 months after drawing 2-2 in another friendly played in Cotonou on October 13,2019.