Wednesday Aug 18, 2021. 09:00
Chipolopolo coach Beston Chambeshi is optimistic with the input defenders Dominic Chanda and Solomon Sakala are showing in training as his bench battles to solve Zambia’s longstanding backline malaise.
Chambeshi has just inherited a team that has not stopped leaking goals under his predecessor Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic in his 27-game reign in which Zambia scored 27 and conceded 23.
Chanda and Sakala are part of 22 home-based Chipolopolo players currently in the second phase of training camp in Lusaka.
“We have seen that Solomon and Dominic Chanda are working hard to understand our system, which is a good sign.”
Kabwe Warriors defender Chanda has been a regular since the Micho regime while Sakala has been recalled after a two-year hiatus following a solid second half of the season display at defending FAZ Super League champions Zesco United.
“We have now seen that we have to mend our defence but I think our frontline is not a problem,” Chambeshi said.
“But overall we are happy with the response in training from the players.”
Chipolopolo face Mauritania away in their opening Group B match on September 3 at Stade Municipal in Nouadhibou.
Zambia will later return home to play Tunisia on September 7 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.