Zambia U23 national football team assistant coach Tenant Chilumba says his team will adopt an attacking formation in Tuesday’s Group A penultimate match against South Africa, shifting from the defensive 4-2-3-1 formation used against Tunisia.
Chilumba told fazfootball.com on Monday that the team had worked on the problem areas that contributed to the 2 – 1 defeat to Tunisia on Saturday.
The U23 Chipolopolo on Tuesday come up against South Africa who lost 3 – 1 to Senegal.
“We lost the first game due to lack of concentration so we have psyched the boys to be alert at all times plus we have worked on the finishing.
Our fitness level was low in the first match perhaps due to fatigue; we also lacked endurance but we have worked on that,” said Chilumba.
“We are ready to take on South Africa. We have been talking to the boys, reminding them of what is at stake. We just have to win the second game,” he said.
A loss for either side will mean that they cannot qualify for the semi-finals while a draw will mathematically keep both sides in contention.
“This is a game we cannot afford to lose. Our tactical approach will be to attack from the first whistle. We are a very skilful team. We won’t give them room too to play.
“We are hoping for a good result against South Africa because we watched how they played against Senegal. They played well in the first half but they fizzled out in the second. We have planned for them on that basis.”
The Chipolopolo were boosted by the arrival of Lubambo Musonda from Armenia on Monday evening. Lubambo is likely to replace Patrick Ngoma in the starting line-up. Ngoma suffered a soft muscle injury on Saturday and has since been ruled out of the match against South Africa.
Ronald Kampamba who scored against Tunisia before being substituted with suspected injury has been certified fit to play.
The match kicks off at 17h00 CAT at the Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium in Dakar.