Janza urges winning spirit
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• MOZAMBIQUE head coach João Chissano (right) with his players on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (SMKIA) in Ndola yesterday. The Mambas will take on the Chipolopolo in a  2015 AFCON qualifier match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium tomorrow. Picture by MOSES CHIMFWEMBE

• MOZAMBIQUE head coach João Chissano (right) with his players on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (SMKIA) in Ndola yesterday. The Mambas will take on the Chipolopolo in a 2015 AFCON qualifier match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium tomorrow. Picture by MOSES CHIMFWEMBE

By KALUMIANA KALUMIANA –

CHIPOLOPOLO coach Honour Janza says he wants winning to be the hallmark of his team irrespective of the opponent.
Meanwhile, Janza has praised midfielder Rainford Kalaba for showing leadership in last Sunday’s friendly against Sudan.
Janza said in an interview at Moba Hotel in Kitwe yesterday that it was important that Chipolopolo continues to maintain its winning mentality ahead of tomorrow’s Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Mozambique.
Chipolopolo beat Sudan 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday in Janza’s first game in charge at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka and on Wednesday defeated Zesco United 2-1 in a practice match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
“It is important to all the time to be associated with a winning mentality. That is just what we want in inculcate in our players. We should aim to be victorious in all our matches. The mentality to win should be there even in a friendly like a club like Zesco.
You always have to aim to win. We thank Zesco for the good training game that they gave us to push our boys,” he said.
Janza will tomorrow against Mozambique be in charge of his first competitive game after making his Chipolopolo debut in last Sunday’s friendly.
“All the players are fit and injury free. It was just part of our training programme to rest some other players who played on Sunday against Sudan,” Janza said.
He said beating Mozambique will give the players confidence going into Wednesday’s match with Cape Verde.
On Kalaba, who sat out the Zesco friendly, Janza said the player was fit to face Mozambique and expressed happiness with the way he handled the pressure of Chipolopolo’s first game with a lot of maturity.
Kalaba was handed the Chipolopolo captaincy for the first time ever in the 3-1 home win during the official first match to be played at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.
“We applauded him as a team, all of us acknowledged and thanked him.
It was not easy especially the assignment to officially open the stadium for the first time and then to captain the team and then to take it to victory,” he said.
Janza said it was an occasion for both Kalaba and the team that will not be erased from Zambian football history.
“It was also a great honour for him (Kalaba) to have captained the team and guided the team to victory. He showed leadership outside and on the pitch,” he said.

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