Beston Chambeshi says he is happy with progress made during the international training camp for the Chipolopolo in Morocco.
Chambeshi who is leading the team on a three-match leg where Zambia has high profile engagements against Cameroon, Morocco and Ivory Coast said the only downside had been injuries to two key players.
Zambia played its first match against Cameroon on Sunday (June 9) in Madrid and lost 2-1.
Ziyo Tembo and Donashano Malama have been on the side-lines of the assignment having sustained injuries that the medics hope will be healed ahead of Sunday’s second friendly match against Herve Renard’s Morocco.
“The only thing which is hindering the team is these two players who are on the injury list Ziyo Tembo and Donashano Malama. These are key players in our defence and if you miss players like this is worrying,” he said.
However, Chambeshi expressed confidence in the under-23 trio of Moses Nyondo, Kebson Kamanga and Shemmy Mayembe that have stepped in to fill the void.
Chambeshi said the team will be in good shape to face Morocco on Sunday before taking on Ivory Coast on June 19 in Abu Dhabi.
“It is good for the boys, otherwise we are looking at Morocco and then focus on Ivory Coast. These are big teams that are preparing for the tournament (AFCON),” he said.
Chambeshi said the Moroccan reception had been cordial with the Chipolopolo granted access to top grade facilities.
Zambia plays Morocco on Sunday at the Grand Stade de Marrakech before heading to Abu Dhabi to play Ivory Coast on June 19.
Source: FAZ Football