Zambia share their AFCON group with Morocco, DR Congo and Tanzania. Coach Avram Grant spoke about his approach to the tournament with the Chipolopolos. “I don’t like to set goals before a competition. The most important thing is how you take your matches. We need to improve. I know it’s a tough group with Morocco and DR Congo and there are teams better than us, but soccer isn’t played on paper. When we go out on the pitch, it will be to win (…).We want to do well in our matches. We have to be realistic.My players and I know what we have to do. Our aim is to do well in the group phase and then we’ll see,” he says.
The Israeli also spoke about Zambia’s 1st match against DR Congo, this Wednesday January 17 at 20:00 GMT. “We’ll see in the first game if my players are ready. But I know they’re motivated. We’ve got a good team and some fine individuals. We’ll be ready for sure. We’re trying to transpose all the joy and quality of our training sessions to our matches, and we’ll see what happens,” he asserts.