Coach George Lwandamina has urged Chipolopolo not to rely too heavily on Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2022.
According to Lwandamina, the coach of Tanzanian club Azam FC, the Zambia Under-20 graduates have not yet reached a level where they can be regarded reliable players.
“Yes we have those boys who won the Under-20 Africa Cup but that is not enough,” Lwandamina said.
“You should have the core of the team and then you fuse in those boys, because those are still boys but do we have the core of the team.”
Lwandamina, the ex-Zambia and Zesco United coach, said more years are needed to build a strong Chipolopolo squad.
He said Zambia’s opponents in the World Cup qualifiers like Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea have improved over the years.
“These teams have improved a lot and we are stagnant, for lack of a better word, they have done so much even in investment in the coaching so they are improving. Us we are still thinking of 2012,” he said.
Zambia will also face Tunisia in Group B of the World Cup campaign.