Zambia’s head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has today named his squad to prepare for three international friendly matches to be played next month.
“These matches will help our players get more playing time at a competitive level. We are also giving chance to other players to widen the pool of players ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifiers,” Sredojevic told Sportnewsafrica on phone from Lusaka.
The Chipolopolo will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal away in the town of Thies on June 5th before traveling to face Benin three days later. Coach Sredojevic’s team will complete their international friendly match schedule during the FIFA Window with a game against Sudan on June 11th in Khartoum.
“We might actually have two games against Sudan with one on the official FIFA window date and another outside the window,” added the Chipolopolo coach.
Sudan head coach Hubert Velud will also use the international friendly matches to prepare his team ahead of the preliminary match against Libya next month in the FIFA Arab Cup.
Sredojevic explained that the best way to prepare for competitions is always to have as many build-up matches because they are competitive and help the technical bench to gauge the players better.
Zambia who failed to qualify for the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) are eager to qualify for their first ever World Cup. Andrew Kamanga, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president said they will give the team all that is needed to make sure that they can qualify for the World Cup.
The Chipolopolo are placed in Group B of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers alongside Tunisia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea.
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