Chipolopolo captain Kabaso Chongo says Zambia will take the 2021 Cosafa tournament seriously as it has birthed many opportunities in its 20-year history.
In an interview with the FAZ media, the TP Mazembe defender said being defending champions will not be an excuse to be complacent by Zambia who are placed in the same group with Comoros, Madagascar and Malawi.
“We will take it, a game at a time, like the first match against Comoros, we have to take it very seriously.
If we win the first game, it will give us the impetus to win the next game,” he said.
The TP Mazembe hard man who missed on the June FIFA Window international friendly matches that took Zambia to Senegal, Benin and Sudan said, “We will not approach the tournament that we are champions, we will have to work hard for things to be okay.
Those who will be in the starting eleven have to work hard.”
He also said that Cosafa had built a strong foundation for careers in its 20-year history and deserved the respect of everyone in football.
“There is no small tournament, for us even friendly games are very important. Cosafa has created opportunities for a lot of players.
Others have been bought by foreign clubs on account of a good Cosafa tournament,” he said.
He has also urged the upcoming players to work hard for them to earn places in the squad.
“The upcoming players have to believe in themselves and strive to be better than those ahead of those ahead of them,” Kabaso said.
The defending champions open their account on July 7 against Comoros Islands.
The tournament will run from July 6-18 in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has named a blend of youth and experience as he sets his sights on refining his squad for the September Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers where Zambia will be away to Mauritania before hosting Tunisia.