Zambia coach toughens fringe players for crucial Ghana qualifier
Zambia coach Herve Renard is delighted with level of improvement of his fringe players as he prepares to visit Ghana next month for a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The Frenchman gave starting roles to Kondwani Mtonga, Bronson Chama and Christopher Munthali and later introduced Bruce Musakanya, Evans Kangwa and Kabaso Chongo in the match in a 1-1 draw with Senegal in a friendly.
Renard has promised to continue working with the locals although conceding some of them were not yet ready to feature at the highest level.
“This was a good test for our local players. We will continue working with this crop of players although some of them might not be ready to play at the highest level,” Renard said..
Holland-based striker Jacob Mulenga gave the Chipolopolo a second minute lead, only for Dame N’Doye to restore parity six minutes later for the Terranga Lions.
The Chipolopolo need to beat the Black Stars on 6 September at the Baba Yara Stadium to qualify to the play-offs stage of the qualifiers.
Zambia are in second place in Group D; one point behind leaders Ghana.