Chipolopolo Midfielder Emmanuel Banda Praises Saudi Arabia Camp, Looks Ahead to Opening AFCON Match Against DR Congo
Zambia’s midfielder, Emmanuel Banda, has expressed his admiration for the recently concluded training camp in Saudi Arabia, describing it as “amazing.” Banda believes that the camp has elevated the team’s spirits as they prepare for their opening Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against the Democratic Republic of Congo on January 17th.
In an interview with Faz Media, Banda highlighted the positive impact of the camp, noting that the team was pushed to their limits, leading to increased strength and unity. “The camp has been amazing. We found good facilities, they pushed us to the limit, and the team is in high spirits,” stated Banda.
Zambia concluded their camp in Saudi Arabia and has now relocated to San Pedro in Ivory Coast, where Group F matches will be held as part of the AFCON tournament. Banda expressed satisfaction with a practice match against Cameroon during the camp, emphasizing its value as a test against a strong opponent. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Patson Daka scoring for Zambia.
Reflecting on the Cameroon match, Banda emphasized its importance in identifying areas for improvement. “It helped us a lot and showed us where we need to improve going forward,” he remarked.
While feeling ready for the tournament, Banda stressed the significance of taking each game as it comes, with the immediate focus on winning the opening match against DR Congo. “I would say we are very ready. The vibe is already there, we will keep a closer eye on each game, but the most important thing is our opening game. We want to win to start on a high note,” he stated.
Banda also urged fans to continue their unwavering support for the team and expressed hope to see supporters in the stadium when playing in Ivory Coast. The AFCON tournament kicks off on January 17th, and Zambia is set to face DR Congo in their opening match.