Chipolopolo Coach Beston Chambeshi is cagey as to whether he will make any adjustments to the team after they stuttered against Namibia in Saturday’s 2018 Cosafa Cup quarterfinal before advancing on post-match penalties.
The four-time champions toiled to a 4-3 shootout win over Namibia following a 0-0 draw at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Chipolopolo face Madagascar today in their penultimate stage tie at the same venue.
“It is too early to say and we have just played the first game so we have to hold on to the team that played on Saturday unless there are injuries,” Chambeshi told Cosafa. com after Monday morning training in Polokwane.
“But we would like to stick to the team because we don’t have any time to make changes.”
Madagascar Coach Franklin Andriamanarivo said they can beat Zambia in today’s match.
The two sides meet in their debut Cosafa Cup clash and in their first competitive meeting in 17 years.
Madagascar, who qualified to the knockout stages unbeaten with two wins and a draw, eliminated hosts Bafana Bafana 4-3 on post-match penalties following a scoreless draw in the quarterfinals on June 3 at Peter Mokaba.
“Our players are not afraid to play against Zambia. After Sunday’s result, we are even more motivated to do well,” Andriamanarivo told Cosafa.com.
“We will prepare well for this match, we have played four matches, we have also been playing well and this has given us the belief that we can beat Zambia.”
Madagascar is aiming for their first final appearance after making the 2015 semifinals since making their tournament debut in 2002.—Cosafa