6 June 2012

Zambia/Ghana: We Have to Beat Ghana Once Again - Renard

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After an exciting round of opening fixtures for the group stage of the African qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the second round of matches is on this weekend.

While all the games will attract as much attention, the clash between the reigning African champions Zambia and Ghana in Ndola stands out as one of the weekend highlights.

The Chipolopolo lost their opener in the heat of Khartoum 2-0 to a strong Sudan. The Black Stars rammed seven past Lesotho. The two group favourites clash at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium - Zambia's newest 40,100 seat stadium in Ndola in a game which will have a huge bearing on the group.

Cafonline spoke to the Zambian coach Herve Renard ("The Fox ") ahead of the encounter.

Cafonline.com: You started your qualification series with a 2-0 loss to Sudan in Khartoum. It was a shocking result for many of the Chipolopolo fans. What happened in Khartoum?

Renard: Yes, but football can be like that. All of us know that we were not good enough to beat Sudan in Khartoum. There were a lot of reasons why we lost that match. But this is not the time to talk about them because we have to be very professional and not lose focus of the task at hand. The work we have now is the game against Ghana at the weekend and we must prepare well for us to do well.

Cafonline.com: How are the preparations for Ghana going?

Renard: The team is working very hard. The squad is putting in a lot of hard work like they did during the Africa Cup finals. When you see the players work, there is nothing that has changed. We have an excellent squad.

Cafonline.com: How is the mood in the camp?

Renard: The mood in the camp is very good. We are preparing well.

Cafonline.com: Do you think you will be able to set aside the loss in Sudan and get your champion team together to win against a tough Ghana team? Can you beat Ghana this weekend?

Renard: We are playing against the strongest team in Africa. But for the first game in this nice stadium and with the support of all the fans, we have to beat them once again.

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