Published: November 12, 2012
Chipolopolo Boys assistant coach Patrice Beaumulle believes Wednesday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge match against South Africa has presented a golden opportunity for his players to show the continent that Zambia are the current holders of the African Cup of Nations trophy.
Speaking in a build up to the match at Johanesburg’s Soccer City, the Frenchman also urged fans and the media not to concentrate on the players who have been left behind as that doesn’t help.
“We need to be talking about the players who have been called and not those in the team. It’s Zambia national team and everyone called is a good player,” Patrice told Muvi TV after he was quizzed as to why the likes of Fwayo Tembo, Rodger Kola, Given Singuluma and Clifford Mulenga continue to be left out.
On the match against Bafana Bafana, Patrice, who spent a stint at Dutch powerhouses PSV immediately after the AFCON for his UEFA A coaching badges said he understands the rivarly between the Southern African countries.
“It’s best moment to show that we are African Champions. The match will be tough.
“It will be also be good to mark on the territory.
The Chipolopolo Boys link up today in South Africa ahead of the match on Wednesday. With Rainford Kalaba cautious as he doesn’t want to aggravate his groin injury and Jonas Sakuwaha’s withdraw due to club commitments, Dutch based forward Jacob Mulenga is in line with a starting berth.
Far East trio Chris Katongo, James Chamanga and Isaac Chansa are already in camp together with South African based players led by Kennedy Mweene.
Red Arrows’ hardworking midfielder Shadreck Malambo and his under-20 teammate Mukuka Mulenga plus the two goalkeepers Danny Munyao and Joshua Titima are also already in camp.
The Euro based quintuple of Jacob, Emmanuel Mayuka, Chisamba Lungu, William Njobvu and Emmanuel Mbola are likely to join by the end of the day tomorrow.