Few hours ahead of his team’s second clash at the African cup of nations with Libya, Zambia coach Herve Renard has stressed that his team will not be an easy opponent and will fight to revenge from the Libyans.
“I watched their first game against Equatorial Guinea and they are a strong side. For me, the past is not always interesting. Libya defeated Zambia in the qualifiers and we have to avenge our loss,” Renard told the confederation of African football (CAF) official website on Wednesday.
Zambia have already produced a shock result at the opening match after their 2-1 win over heavyweights Sengal, and their coach vow to continue that outstanding performance against the well-organized Libyans.
“However, it is not same team; there are four or five new players. At this level, each team tries to understand their opponents in a very professional approach.
“They played a good game in the opening match with a lot of teamwork in their play. They are well organised but paid the price for just one mistake in the closing stages of the game. I believe we have the skill and ability destabilize them as well,” added the French coach.
At tonight’s match, Libya will retain a lot of its strength after the return of its key player Mohamed Al-Mughrabi from suspension but the Zambians will be also determined to prove their worth.
“It is always difficult for a team to perform well in the absence of a key player. We are not going to relax either. We are not the best team; there are some favourites with big names in their squad. We want to achieve something and it will be difficult to stop us.
“There are three games for qualification to the next round and all matches are equally important. Our only target is to qualify. If we are able to repeat our performance in the 2010 edition in Angola, where we topped our group, it will be perfect,” concluded Renard.
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