New Zambia national team coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic is looking forward to his tough induction as Chipopolo head as he prepares the team for the 2020 African Nations Championship set for Cameroon.
Micho was unveiled as the Zambia coach early this month and tasked with preparing the former Africa Cup of Nations champions for CHAN 2020 that will run in four Cameroon cities of Yaounde, Doula, Limbe and Buea.
Zambia are in Pool D alongside Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania. They will be based in Limbe.
The former Uganda Cranes coach admits that the task ahead is daunting but believes that his charges will step up.
“It is a quality group. We think we are part of a very competitive group because every team we look at is from the perspective of the local league. And the specific case, they are local players. We represent the Zambian Premier League and we think we have what it takes to get through the group,” the Serbian boss told Cafonline.com after the draw in Yaounde on Monday.
Micho says that the team's ambition is to make it out of the group stages as the pool's opponents are equally strong.
“We respect the strength of the Tanzanian Premier League with Simba who reached the Champions League quarter-finals last year. Yanga does just as well in the Champions League. Namibia is also a good team. In 2013 in Morocco, Namibia was in the same group as Zambia and qualified for the quarterfinals. It is in our interest to prepare each match well and to consider it each time as a final," he added.
Third place finish
“And then there is the Guinea team that we are looking at through the lens of the very strong Horoya team. The Guinean league is very tough, talented, tough and competitive. It is in our interest to prepare each match well and to consider it each time as a final,” Micho stated.
Micho has previously appeared at CHAN tournament with Uganda in 2014 and 2016. He finished third in both appearances. In 2016 coincidentally, he played against Zambia, his new employers and lost by a solitary goal.
Zambia are playing in the CHAN tournament for the fourth time and their best ever performance was a semi-final appearance in 2009 where they ended up finishing third.
They will open up their 2020 campaign against Tanzania who are making a return to the tournament for the first time since 2009.
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