Thursday Jul 08, 2021. 10:00
COSAFA Cup veteran and two-time tournament winner Masauso Tembo believes Chipolopolo can retain their title.
Tembo was one of the COSAFA Cup poster boys during the regional tournaments inaugural days when he won back-to-back titles with Zambia in 1997 and 1998.
“I was looking at the team that was selected by our coach Micho, it is a strong team and I feel that we will be able to defend this COSAFA Cup,” Tembo told AF.
Chipolopolo are in Group A together with South Africa who are hosting the tournament from July 6-18 at Nelson Mandela Bay.
Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini complete Group A.
“Everyone in football nowadays is trying to be scientific. No one is a small team; no one is a small country.Football has really improved everywhere,” Tembo added.
“As Zambia, we just have to play our game but I don’t see us having any problems with the selections that we have made.”
The ex-Chipolopolo striker, who is now Power Dynamos coach, also welcomed the return of veteran 2012 AFCON winning goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.
Mweene returns to the Chipolopolo fold at the COSAFA Cup following a lengthy self-imposed exile dating back to November 2018.
“He has been around for a long time; he has reached the level at which he is now mature and able to encourage our up-coming goalkeepers,” Tembo said.
“You know, goalkeepers can play up to the age of 40 -41 so I think for him coming back to the national team is a very good decision.”