Peter Kaumba has demanded character from his Zambia under 23 ahead of the Olympic Games qualifying matches including the All Africa Games qualifiers thereafter.
Kaumba’s side kicks off with an Olympics qualifier against Malawi on February 10 in Lusaka before facing them in the final leg on March 14 away.
Winner there will go on to the group stage on the road to Beijing that kicks off in June.
“The players know the importance of winning in the Olympics and All Africa Games qualifiers thatâ€™s why they are here,” Kaumba said at the end of Tuesday morningâ€™s training session.
“Every game will be tough and very important to us and it doesn’t matter what team we will play but we will prepare hard for them and we have to win because no games are not easy games.”
After the final leg away leg match in Malawi, Zambia under 23 will face either Zimbabwe or Mozambique during the April Fools day weekend in the first leg of the final round qualifiers for next July’s All Africa Games.
Winner over both legs will qualify to the All Africa Games final tournament to be held in Algeria.