Chipolopolo prepares for Four Nations tournament
By Staff Reporter
The Chipolopolo boys got down to business ahead of the Four Nations tournament to be staged in Ndola with 14 players turning up for training on Monday morning in Lusaka.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda’s local assemblage was without Nkana, Zanaco and Zesco United players who have not turned up on account of continental commitments over the weekend.
Zambia hosts a Four Nations tournament from March 22-25 that will also involve Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Nyirenda told FAZfootball.com after the teams work out at Edwin Imboela Stadium that foreign based players wuld join camp two days before the tournament kicked off as per FIFA requirement.
The tournament would be held during the FIFA window that commences on March 19 to 27.
Nyirenda has named a 30 member local assemblage to commence preparations for the tournament that would also be used as part of preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that have been pushed to September.
“The Four Nations tournament is very important, we are always in the process of consolidating the team that we have already built. I think this (camp) helps in identifying the new players, giving them game time,” said Nyirenda
“It will give us a lot of good time to see how they are (local players) and even how they can mingle with those that are already in the team and have been with the team for some time. So it gives the coaches a bigger picture to see who is who.”
Zambia plays Zimbabwe in the opening match while South Africa meets Angola on March 22 with the winners in both matches facing each other on March 25.
The losing sides would play each other for the third and fourth play offs as Cosafa teams hope to stand up for each other ahead of the next round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Nyirenda was being assisted by physical trainer Chintu Kampamba and goalkeeper coach Stephen Mwansa, while Beston Chambeshi was with his club Nkana where they were preparing for the CAF Confederation Cup tied against CR Belouizdad.
Qualifiers for the Cameroun 2019 Africa Cup of Nations have been pushed to November after African teams heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russia asked CAF to give them enough time to prepare for the tournament.