Zambia head coach Dario Bonetti has sent a strong signal to Ghana ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers by saying he will not take opponents for granted.
Zambia are in Group D together with Sudan and 2010 World Cup quarterfinalists Ghana and also await a third opponent from this November’s preliminary round two-legged tie between Burundi and Lesotho.
Bonetti said in his first official statement on the draws on Wednesday during a press briefing at Football House in Lusaka that both Sudan and Ghana would prove to worthy opponents.
“I am not going to take any of the teams for granted. They are all going to be difficult games and we will treat them all the same,” the Italian said. “The same difficult that Ghana could face with one team we could also suffer with the another team.
“Technically and physically all the teams are very organized the difference is how mentally ready the players are to play those games. “The Sudan is good and their club football is strong so it is very competitive group yes a very tough group. I believe one of the toughest.”
Meanwhile, Bonetti also revealed that he has recalled veteran midfielder Andrew Sinkala of promoted German Bundesliga side Augsburg for Zambia’s 2012 Africa Cup Group C qualifier away to Comoros on September 4.
“Zambia needs players of that caliber that has playing at that level in top football for a long time with experience, discipline and positive attitude,” Bonetti said.
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