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Monday, September 13, 2021

Chipolopolo’s Defence Continues To Haunt Micho

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Zambia coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic admits Chipolopolo’ defence is proving to be a very problematic department.

Chipolopolo conceded eight goals and scored five goals in their opening three friendly games during their just-ended four-match June tour.

“In eight days, we have played four matches and they’re positive things in that, in each match we have played, we have scored a goal. And they are negatives, in that in only one match, we have kept a clean sheet,” Micho said. 

“This is where our work lies, we need to tighten at the back and improve our defending.”

But there was a brief ray of light in their final friendly on June 13 when Zambia kept its first clean sheet after beating Sudan 1-0.

Sunday’s result was also Chipolopolo’s only victory on the tour.

Chipolopolo kicked off the tour with a 3-1 loss to Senegal on June 5 in Thies, and then drew 2-2 in Cotonou with hosts Benin.

Then twenty four hours after landing in Khartoum, Zambia lost 3-2 to Sudan on June 11 before avenging that defeat two days later.

Meanwhile, when Micho was appointed coach in February 2020, he promised to find a remedy to this malaise.

However, it clearly seems the problem is now going to be a very laborious undertaking.


  1. Here is solution Micho, with full squad line them like this:
    1. New boy Gregory (played good)
    2. Paul Katema
    3. Spencer Sautu (fighter, he can play any number, even in goal I think)
    4. Benson Sakala
    5. Dominic Chanda
    6. Salulani Phiri
    7. Cletus Chama
    8. Mwepu
    9. Patson
    10. Brian Mwila
    11. Fashion Sakala
    You don’t need thick defenders…
    I hear Samunjopa is good, but was first time to watch him against Sudan.

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