By GODFREY DUBE –
ZAMBIA Under-20 assistant coach Charles Bwale has implored his charges to finish off the job against Rwanda away in Kigali when the two sides clash in the Niger 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) second round first leg.
Impressed with the training programmes in Malawi where Zambia beat their hosts 1-0 in the first game and 3-1 in the last match, Bwale said the boys might finish off the job in the first leg to lessen pressure in the return leg.
Bwale said in an interview yesterday that it was important for the players to understand that they needed an away win to lessen pressure and remain on course to qualify for the finals and defend the cup.
“Our target is to record a win with a better score line. We must finish off the game in Rwanda to lessen the burden when playing the reverse fixture at home. I demand 100 per cent performance from all the players,” Bwale said.
Bwale said the team was aware of the huge task ahead of them because fans would be expecting them to retain the cup.
He said the hurdle to defend the title would not be easy but was quick to state that the players had what it would take to qualify and protect the legacy set by the other group.
It starts with every player in the team to have the self belief and confidence that they can do it. The FAZ president made it clear to the players that qualifying was not negotiable and they know what this means. We just have to remain focused and keep encouraging the players,”b Bwale said.
The technical bench received a morale booster after the duo of England-based youngsters Mwiya Malumo and Lifumpa Mwandwe beefed up the squad.
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