The Zambia national team gathered in Lusaka this afternoon to begin preparations for their 2008 Africa Cup Group 11 qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville to be played on June 2 at Konkola stadium in Chililabombwe.
Coach Patrick Phiri called on his men to give their all in this crucial match Zambia must win to stay in the hunt for a place at next years Africa Cup.
“It’s important that we as a team be focused and if we work as a team we will succeed,” Phiri said in Kitwe as he prepared to head down to Lusaka to join his team.
“That’s only way we can emerge victorious over Congo-Brazzaville; If we concentrate 100 per cent during our preparations.”
Zambia is 3rd in the four-team group on 4 points, one behind 2nd placed Congo while leaders South Africa are three paces ahead after three games played with another three coming up.
Zambia meanwhile are also scheduled to play Namibia in a friendly international in Windhoek on May 26.
Prior to that, Zambia will hold a training camp in South Africa starting this weekend.
And in Kitwe, the Zambia Under 23 also went into camp to begin preparations for their 2008 Olympic Games Group B qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire to be played at Nchanga stadium in Chingola on June 3.
The Under 23 will train from Buchi stadium and not from their regular Arthur Davies venue, home of Power Dynamos due to a tight training schedule there by the landlord club.