Monday Aug 09, 2021. 10:00
Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi has described his team’s run-out in a practice game against 2020-21 FAZ Super League third-place finishers Red Arrows as insightful.
Chipolopolo’s home-based call-ups ahead of next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers claimed a 4-1 win over Arrows at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday.
Chambeshi said he was pleased with the players’ output despite his call-ups still battling with the obvious off-season rust.
“[On Saturday] we had a friendly game against Red Arrows and we gave each and every player a chance so that they feel that they are part of the team,” Chambeshi said.
“We are happy with the first training game even though they played in patches which are still good for us because they are just in the middle of pre-season at their clubs.
“We will continue to assess their fitness but overall Arrows gave us a good run and the technical staff now has a good insight into the players.
“Our job now is to come up with a team as soon as possible.”
The 30-member, home-based Chipolopolo team is holding a preliminary phase training camp in Lusaka ahead of next month’s Group B qualifiers, with Chambeshi yet to name his foreign-based list of players.
Zambia scored through Zesco defender Simon Silwimba while midfielders Harrison Chisala of Nkana and Kabwe Warriors’ Price Mumba also chipped in with a goal each.
Midfielder Felix Bulaya scored one against his club while his Arrows teammate Rickson Ngambi was on target for Zambia’s 2021-22 CAF Confederation Cup representatives.
Chipolopolo will kick off their Group B campaign away to Mauritania on September 1 in Nouakchott. Zambia will then head back home to host Tunisia on September 5 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.