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‘HE’S MY MAN’

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FASHION SAKALA

By MICHAEL MIYOBA
ZAMBIA national team striker Fashion Sakala says Chipolopolo coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic will transform the Chipolopolo to a better team with his approach to the management of the game.

Sakala, who features for KV Ostende in Belgium said “Micho” is focused to not only build a workable tactical plan but also winning over his squad ahead of important assignments for the Chipolopolo.
The former Zanaco striker said in an interview that “Micho” would change the face of Zambian football with his tactical plans which saw the Chipolopolo come from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 on Sunday.
“Personally, I have a very good relationship with the coach, we always talk. He used to call me weekly and tell me about the tactics and how he wants me to play which is very good and perfect for me. When I came here I knew what I am supposed to do, that was very good.”
“He is a very good man and will change Zambian football. I think it will be a very good team,” Sakala said.
“If we continue like this, we will have 90 percent chance of becoming a better team and looking at what we are doing now, tactically we are getting better and there is togetherness in the team. I think we have a chance to beat Botswana in the two games,” he said.
Meanwhile Sakala urged “Micho” to remain strong in the face of critics who may derail his work with the team.
“Micho” was criticised after Zambia struggled to beat Malawi 1-0 before losing 2-1 to Kenya last Friday and Sakala said criticism should motivate the team to win games.
“Looking at the criticism that is going on, it is normal in football, it is not all the people who will be happy with the team, and it is not all the people who will be happy with the coach and the players. Blame will be coming to the players and coaches,” Sakala said.