Zambia National Soccer Team coach Herve Renard says his Chipolopolo will not be scared of Nigeria’s Super Eagles; stressing that his side will once again enjoy the status of underdog as the two meet in the last quarter-final show down at the Estadio Nacional Tundavala.
Kick Off: 20:30 Local time (21:30hours Zambian Time)
Date: Monday 25 January 2010
Renard told www.fazfootball.com that while he had respect for Nigeria and their game, the quarter-final match between Zambia and Nigeria had the potential to be difficult, interesting and that his squad was ready for the challenge.
“We don’t have to be scared of Nigeria. We will not fear them. What we want to do is to play our game and play the ball on the floor. Once we do that, anything is possible. We achieved our primary target of qualifying to the second round and quarter-finals and now our target is to get the qualification for the semi-finals,” Renard said.
Zambia topped a difficult Group D ahead of World Cup finalists Cameroun, Tunisia and Gabon. Nigeria on the other hand finished second in Group C behind defending champions Egypt. Other quarter-final matches have pitted hosts Angola against Ghana in Luanda, tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire play Algeria in Cabinda while Egypt host Cameroun in Benguela.
It will be a great honour to lead Chipolopolo to semis
Chipolopolo skipper Chris Katongo says it will be a great honour for him to lead the Zambia National Soccer Team to the semi-finals of the 27th Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
The German based skipper – Man of the Match in the fixture Gabon vs. Zambia – said it has always been his desire to take Zambia further at major championships.
Katongo told www.fazfootball.com that going into the quarter-final match against Nigeria, every player knew what was stake and that his men will not fear the Super Eagles.
“We have achieved what we wanted as our first target; and that was to qualify to the quarter-finals. Now we are in a good position to go even further by qualifying to the semi-finals. We all know as a team what we need to do to achieve that. We have to continue to be united and play together. It doesn’t matter to us what names Nigeria has but those are just names. They mean nothing when you are on the pitch because we’re all eleven (11). It is us against them,” said Katongo adding: “the media can also write what they want but that doesn’t matter. Whether it is local or foreign media, it doesn’t matter. We’re here on a mission and we want to achieve that. Personally it will be a great honour to lead my team to the semi-finals and we will work hard to achieve that.”
Zambia topped a difficult Group D ahead of World Cup finalists Cameroun, Tunisia and Gabon to set up a quarter-final clash against Nigeria. On the other hand Nigeria finished second in Group C behind defending champions Egypt. Other quarter-final matches have pitted hosts Angola against Ghana in Luanda, tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire play Algeria in Cabinda while Egypt host Cameroun in Benguela.