24 May 2015 10:00am
SUN CITY, 24 MAY (NAMPA) The coach of Zambias senior national team, Honor Janza is treating the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa) Cup underway in South Africa like any other big tournament.
Namibia will play Chipolopolo in its quarter-final match on Sunday, 14h00 Namibian time at the Moruleng Stadium in the North West Province of South Africa.
Zambia is currently the Cosafa Cup defending champions after winning the tournament in 2013 when they hosted the showpiece.
There was no tournament in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday ahead of their clash with Namibia, Janza said there are no small teams in Africa and going into the game tomorrow his side will be extra cautious about their opponents.
Its a known fact that when you are the defending champions everyone will be going out to have what you have, but we are not going to ride on our past record or the defending champion status going into our game.
We are going out to win our game and not use our tag as defending champions, he said.
Janza added that his team has played Namibia before and he respect them as a team and will not take anything for granted on Sunday.
We are not under any pressure, but Namibia will be a tough opponent and we will treat them like any other side that we have played before in Africa, because they are a good team that has been playing good football lately and cannot be underestimated, said Janza.
He also said that he will not be taking Namibias record in the Cosafa Cup or their last game against Zimbabwe into consideration when preparing his side.
We cannot depend on Namibias past performances in the tournament or elsewhere, because every time there is a game, the team prepares differently and that applies with tomorrows clash.
If you look at Namibia, they have slowed down on their momentum and we expect them to bring the game to us when we play them, stated the coach.
He noted that supporters in Zambia expect the team to go back with the trophy they have won on four occasions since the tournaments inception in 1997.
Zambia won the Cosafa Cup on its inception in 1997, then defended it successfully in 1998. They won the trophy again some six years later in 2006.
Their fourth time was when they hosted the tournament in 2013.
In 1997, the tournament was played on a group stage system and Namibia ended up as runners-up of the group with six points from four games, while Zambia won the group with eight points and were declared the champions.
Namibia last reached the finals in 1999 when they lost on an away goal to Angola at the Independence Stadium after losing their first game in Angola 1-0 and drawing 1-1 at home in the return game.