Honour Janza says he is confident Zambia can maintain their four-match unbeaten run in an AFCON opener.
Zambia, who face DR Congo on Sunday in an 18h00 kickoff in Ebebiyin, have not tasted defeat in their opening match at the Africa Cup since 2006 when they were floored 4-1 by Tunisia, whom they face on match day two at this years competition on January 22.
“Not losing the opening game since 2006 (actual 2008) is history that we can use as a backbone,” Janza said.
“We will apply total football meaning we will defend and attack at the same time especially for the first game.”
Zambia record since 2008 has seen them pick up two wins and a draw.
Chipolopolo beat Sudan 3-0 in 2008 and drew 1-1 with Tunisia in 2010.
They made a strong opening statement in 2012 on their way to victory in the finals when they shocked Senegal 2-1.
Zambia drew 1-1 with Ethiopia in their title defence flop at the 2013 tournament in South Africa.