Bafana Bafana have indicated that they are expecting a tough 2018 CHAN last leg decider against Zambia this on Saturday but are
determined to deny their hosts’ qualification to the Kenya finals.
Bafana arrived at lunchtime on Thursday in Ndola for the August 19 final leg qualifying clash at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The two sides are tied at 2-2 after Zambia rallied from two-down in the first leg on August 12 in East London to dash Bafana’s hopes of taking a healthy home lead to Ndola.
“Zambia has done well to score two away goals that will obviously be a disturbance for us,” Bafana assistant coach and Under-20 trainer Thabo Senong said.
Senong is standing in for Stuart Baxter who will miss the final leg to prepare for Bafana’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier programme in September.
Zambia need a scoreless draw this weekend to qualify on away goals rule.
“Whatever happens, if they defend, they will be in a panic mode, if they attack, it will be open for us,” Senong said.
“We still believe that it’s going be a nice encounter.
“We have not given up yet, we still believe our team can still score goals so we just need to manage a few things.
“We need to work on how to deal with set-plays, Zambia’s direct football and pacey attackers.”
Senong added that the recalling of over 10 players by their respective clubs from CHAN duty was a challenge his bench had to
“We are used to it, thankfully we have brought in players that are used to such challenges,” Senong said.
“It is the nature and beauty of this game that you combine a team quickly and make sure that they can play well on Saturday.”