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Kalusha rallies squad ahead of CHAN quarter-final clash

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Kalu talking to players during training

Kalu talking to players during training

FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya has urged Chipolopolo to pay attention to the finer details of the match, tactics and encouraged every player to “bring their ‘A’ game in tomorrow evening’s quarter final fixture against Guinea Conakry in Rubavu.

In addressing the players at the end of training at the Umuganda Stadium, Kalusha said all focus and concentration should be on executing a good game in the last quarter final match which kicks off at 18:00.

Kalusha’s addresses and engagement with the squad have been a popular and hugely motivating feature for the squad since the start of the CHAN.

Kalusha has encouraged the players to apply themselves to “hard work, dedication and sacrifice” and taken time to share valuable experiences of the significance of wonderful team spirit, discipline and hard work and how these values have paid dividend for Zambia and other successful sides in the past.

“We are looking very good, very fresh and full of running. Tomorrow is the most important game for us and we must go in with the same determination, hard work and zeal to deliver for ourselves and ultimately the people of Zambia. We should focus our minds and energy on nothing but Guinea. We have every attribute to succeed. We’ve talked about this in the past weeks and tomorrow we will find something to encourage us and share it at lunch,” Kalusha said to a jovial squad he had earlier joined in the final training session.

The 1988 African footballer of the year and CAF Executive Committee member pulled back the years as he engaged in ball juggling and partook in the final session of training which included taking kicks from the penalty spot. He expertly chipped one past goalkeepers trainer Mike Poto.

He commended the boys for the hard work of the group stages where Zambia shone with an impressive 7points and a clean sheet in all three group matches.

All members of the 23 man squad are available for selection.

Images: Saturday afternoon training at the Umuganda Stadium annex.

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