Wednesday Apr 13, 2022. 13:00
Ex-Chipolopolo and Orlando Pirates midfielder Isaac Chansa has a strong feeling Zambia are going to qualify for 2023 AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire.
The 2012 AFCON champions head into the 2023 qualifier draws on April 19 battling to end an unprecedented three successive no-shows at the biennial tournament.
Chansa said he believes new Chipolopolo coach Aljosa Asanovic has all the attributes to end the eight-year drought.
“We have to forget about what has happened in the past and look to the future and I think the future is now,” Chansa told FAZ Media.
“So as every camp starts, they have to be ready and they have to be positive that this time round we will do well and we are definitely going to the AFCON.
“I would also like to urge the fans to be patient with the team especially the Chipolopolo because football is a project.
“We have a new coach right now and we have to support everyone behind the team.
“It starts from them (the fans). If they play a big role then the players will be comfortable on the pitch and express their talent.”
Match day one and two on the road to Abidjan will roar to life during the week of May 30-June 14.
The penultimate match dates will be during the week of September 19-27 and the qualifiers will wrap-up next year during the week of March 20-28, 2023.