Renard Plots Libya Revenge
Herve Renard has said Wednesday’s Africa Cup Group A game against Libya will be a revenge match.
Libya beat 1-0 in the two sides 2012 Africa Cup Group C qualifying match first leg before drawing 0-0 in the final group decider last October in Chingola.
This Wednesday, Zambia who lead Group A at the Africa Cup on 3 points face 3rd from bottom Libya hoping to become the first team at this year’s tournament to qualify for the quarterfinals with one game to spare.
“Zambia didn’t beat them during the qualification and we have to get the revenge and to win the game tomorrow,” Renard said on Tuesday afternoon during the teams’ final pre-match press briefing at Zambia’s base at Villa Cellotti in Bata.
Renard said he had no injury worries in his team where he is expected to keep faith in his starting line-up from the 2-1 win over Senegal on Saturday.
The Frenchman said he was not reading too much into Libya’s 1-0 loss to co-hosts Equatorial Guinea last Saturday.
“Libya played a good game, they made just one mistake in the last five minutes,” Renard said.
“They were strong and well organized. I think we have the skills and abilities to destabilize this team and I hope tomorrow we will be able to do that.”
Meanwhile, Libya coach Marcos Paqueta said Renard’s Zambia is not the one he faced when Dario Bonetti was in charge.
“Here it is very different, it’s a different atmosphere high humidity, you also have pressure because you have to win to continue in the competition,” The Brazilian born coach said.
“Then you are playing against a strong team, they play close because the coach knows everything about his players. He knows the players individual skills. They close and go and wait for someone to come.”
A defeat for Libya tomorrow will end their interest in this year Africa Cup.
Meanwhile, Senegal will also try to rescue their Africa Cup dreams after losing 2-1 to Zambia on match day 1 in Bata on January 21.
Senegal face Equatorial Guinea in the late kickoff of the second Group A doubleheader on Wednesday.