Zambia: Chipolopolo Boys Intensify Training

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After a number of thwarted chances at goal, Ethiopian striker Saladin Said supplied the ball which enabled Adane Girma to score Ethiopia's first goal at the Cup of Nations in 30 years.

AFRICAN Champions Zambia have intensified training ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals that gets underway at the weekend with the Chipolopolo not letting a heavy downpour interfere with their preparations in South Africa.

While hosts South Africa get the 29th edition of the Africa Cup underway on the 19th against debutants Cape Verde, the reigning kings of African football commence their campaign to retain the title they won last February in Gabon against Ethiopia on the January 21.

Zambia, who also play Nigeria and Burkina Faso in other Group C matches which would all be played at the Mbombela Stadium, yesterday trained under a heavy downpour as the coach prepared the team to play under challenging conditions should it rain during the tournament.

Renard said the team will over the next six days focus on the final touches and tactical approach to the games.

The 2012 African coach of the year says his team would be ready for the 21st of January and would be looking forward to a great tournament.

"We will be ready; what we want now is for the fans to come and support us. We are here to defend our trophy with the same determination and motivation we had last year," Renard told fazfootball.com in South Africa.

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