MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
FORMER National Team coach Honor Janza has advised the new Zambia head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic against selecting players using trials.
In an interview with the Sun Sport from his base in Eswatini, Janza cautioned the new coach not to use trials as a basis for identifying players as there was very little time to the Africa Cup of Nation (AfCON) qualifier game against Botswana.
“Let him call 26 excellent players 22 in-field and 4 goalkeepers that is all local for now and start taking them through his tactics and philosophy slowly before he is joined by professional players.
“He needs to win not less than 4 game if we are to qualify,” he said.
The former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) technical director advised Micho to instead call the best 26 players from the local league and introduce them to his tactics as well as his philosophy
before being joined by foreign players.
“My advice is for him not to go the route of conducting trials with those 50+ players. No, not now he has only a month to play important game against Botswana so no time for all those players now,” he said
Janza noted that if Zambia was to qualify out of its group, it needs to convincingly win all the remaining four games.
And Janza said that Micho is the right caliber of a coach that Zambia needed to qualify to the AfCON.
He noted that the Serb was a very good coach who had a spirit of winning and possessed what it takes to qualify the Country to the AfCON.
Janza, who is the last coach to have qualified Zambia to the Africa Cup in 2015, however cautioned that Micho needed to be surrounded by the right technical persons and administrators to support him if he was to succeed.

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