Chipolopolo of Zambia head coach Mi MICHO Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has called on his players not to be carried away by the 2-1 win first-leg victory over Botswana in the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday evening.
Zambia fell behind from a Tumisang Orebonye header in 45th minute but the visitors’ celebrations were short-lived when captain, Lubambo Musonda pounced on a failed clearance by Botswana to weave pin-point assist for Enock Mwepu who poked home the leveller.
Collins Sikombe made it 2-1 on 66 minutes after benefiting from a well-worked solo run from substitute Fashion Sakala on the right-wing to provide a well-timed final ball that the Lusaka Dynamos new signee Sikombe tapped in.
It was Chipolopolo’s first win in Group H of the AFCON qualifiers that sent them to third in the group, but Micho called on his boys to focus on being more clinical and improve ahead of Monday’s return match in Francistown.
“We are fully aware of where we have been. We were rock bottom now we have three points but now, we simply have no time and space to celebrate,” the Serb said.
“We need to go back to the drawing board to prepare well for Monday (against Botswana) because this match will not mean anything if we do not put a stamp on the final leg on Monday.”
Micho said there was no need to be over-confident but was full of belief in the work that his technical bench and the players were doing to ensure that Zambia gets another important win in the qualification process.
“I believe in the players we have and I believe with good planning and good tactical approach, we can outfight, outplay and outrun the opponents to fight for the points. We need to go like suicide bombers as I have said in the past,” said Micho.
In the other Group H match, Algeria cruised to a 3-1 win over Zimbabwe at home to remain top of the group with nine points.