ZAMBIA today take to the field as they continue to seek to salvage their pride after a World Cup Qualifying run that has left so much to be desired.
From a possible 12 points, Zambia has only collected four with a run of one win, one draw and two defeats. This run has effectively ended their hope of making it to the next round of the qualifiers.
With everyone aware that there is little to play for today’s game against Mauritania, the coaches and players want to finish the run on a high.
This is with the aim of offering hope for the future.
Coach Beston Chambeshi said in a post-match interview the team is determined to give the fans something to savour before they travel for an away match against Tunisia on Tuesday.
“We are in a process of coming up with the team not rebuilding. Because now we thank God that the boys who are playing outside the country are playing well that’s where we are banking our strength now.
“The more we expose our players the more we will come up with a strong team. And for sure I have a vision that things will work with the way we are moving with our foreign players for sure there will be a change in our football.
“Where we have a pool of players playing away from home, we have to bank on that because football, other countries export a lot of players that is why they perform well because of exposure and for us, we are moving in the right direction,” Chambeshi said.
He said, the foreign-based players are working at motivating locally based ones.
“Mwepu, the captain, are trying to motivate other players so that we can be at that level. So the future is bright for Zambia and we just have to give the players maximum support. It is a process and let’s just keep our fingers crossed to see the way forward,” he said.
He said the team will fight even if they are out of the race.
“We may be out of the race but we will have to fight to give the fans something to smile about in the remaining two games we will fight,”
The match has been set for National Heroes Stadium at 15;00hrs.