Striker James Chamanga says the new-look Zambia must redeem Chipolopolo’s pride at 2015 AFCON after the team’s early exit in 2013.
Zambia failed to defend their title in South Africa two years ago after bowing out in the preliminary group stage.
Chamanga, a veteran of the last five Africa Cups including the 2012 triumph, was axed from the final 23 member team heading for the tournament that kicks off this Saturday, January 17 in Equatorial Guinea.
“The challenge for the young guys is to go through from the first round because in 2013 we didn’t pass through to the next round,” Chamanga said.
The Zambia team includes ten debutants and eight survivors from the 2012 winning side.
“So if we don’t go through the first round it will mean we haven’t improved from the 2013 tournament.That is my challenge to them,” Chamanga said.
“The tournament is not easy, it is a big challenge the Nations Cup They should not be intimidated but they must ready.
“It is not about skills it is also about the mind and heart and what you want to do in your career.”
Zambia will kick-off their Group B campaign on Sunday when they face DR Congo in Ebebiyin.
Tunisia and Cape Verde are the other teams in Group B.