Aggrey Chiyangi says Chipolopolo respects Botswana but have a plan for The Zebras’ in Saturday’s 2019 COSAFA Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Chipolopolo face Botswana in their first COSAFA Cup final meeting from three previous encounters in the tournament since 2000.
Botswana eliminated host South Africa 5-4 on post-match penalties after a 2-2 draw in the quarterfinals and beat Lesotho 2-1 in the semifinals.
Zambia on the other hand have been unconvincing and toiled their way to the finals with two post-match shootout victories over Malawi in the quarterfinals and defending champions Zimbabwe in the semifinals after 2-2 and 0-0 fulltime draws respectively.
“Every game is different but there is saying in our language that goes: ‘A small snake does not just lie on a path, if it does, then it can bite’,” Chiyangi said.
“So we are not looking at Botswana as an underdog, they have a very good team, I saw them play and they’re playing very well.
“We are going to be serious with them in the same way we planned for Zimbabwe.”
Meanwhile, Botswana have yet to beat Zambia in the COSAFA Cup and Chipolopolo has won all three meetings.
Their last date was at the quarterfinal stage of the 2017 edition that Zambia won 2-1.
This will also be the first of two matches between the two sides over the coming months with the second scheduled for July 27 in the second round of the 2020 CHAN qualifiers