The Chipolopolo boys have settled in Moroccan City of Marrakech ahead of the three international matches against Cameroon, Gambia and Morocco.
Coach Beston Chambeshi led the players this morning through the paces at the Grand Stade de Marrakech annex pitch.
Chambeshi has carried a star studded cast of players that will play their first international friendly tomorrow (Sunday) in Madrid against Cameroon at the Estadio Cerro Del Espino, Majahonda.
He said that he was happy with the quality of friendly matches that had been organized for the Chipolopolo.
“We are looking forward to the three games ahead of us especially the first one. We are looking forward to how we will handle Cameroon,” he said.
“We are looking forward to come with a strong team that can compete. We are happy because we have a pool of players to choose from.”
He added: “We need a good response from the team, they have to compete at international level.”
The coach also expressed delight with the lined up matches that will played on June 9 (Cameroon), and June 12 (Gambia) June 16 (Morocco).
“We are happy with FAZ organizing high profile teams for friendly matches, we will give them the kind of training they are expecting,” he said.
Chambeshi has a cast of European, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and local players that will be in action in the friendly matches that rate A level by FIFA.
Zambia is in Morocco at the invitation of the Royal Football Federation of Morocco (FRM).
The partnership is aimed at developing football standards in the respective countries.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) covers areas of youth development, senior teams, refereeing, camping teams, coaching programmes and medical research and analysis.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and Moroccan FA boss Fouzi Lekjaa signed the MoU in Casablanca in 2017.
Zambia will fly into Madrid this evening for Sunday’s match and head back to Marrakech after the match.
Chambeshi was assigned to lead the Morocco assignment with Chipolopolo stand-in coach Aggrey Chiyangi heading the Cosafa team that comprised only local players.
Chiyangi was looking to fine tune his local guns ahead of the CHAN final round qualifier in July against Botswana and also have one eye on prospective candidates for the tournament in January 2020 should Zambia qualify.
The match against Cameroon will be played at 18:30 hours local time (Madrid).
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