African Cup of Nations: Zambia coach unperturbed about facing Ghana or Tunsia at semis

Zambia Coach Herve Renard has said that he is not perturbed about the prospect of either Ghana or Tunisia at the semi final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Chipolopolos sealed their place at the last four with a 3-0 win over 10-man Sudan on Saturday in Bata and for the Frenchman, none of those teams can have a place at the final.

Despite being the first appearance for the Zambian at the medal zone since 1996, Renard, who served as the Physical trainer during the reign of Claude Le Roy as Black Stars coach says his team are keen on raising the bar.

“Our target upon reaching here was to reach the semi final for the first time since 1996. We learnt a lot in 2010 when we were not efficient. I think we were better this time.”

Renard, who has emerged as one of the revelations of the tournament added that he has the depth to contain any team for the remainder of the competition.

“Zambia is a strong tam after missing only once in 2004,but we are always overlooked because we have no big names in our team. Players like Emmanuel Mayuka, Katongo (Christopher) and Kalaba (Rainford) are often underrated because they are not playing in major leagues abroad, but they are very good players.

“I know Ghana very well. I was with them in 2008 (as an assistant) and 80-per cent of those players are still around. For the past four years, Ghana is the best team in Africa. Tunisia is also strong. We have to avenge our loss in 1996 when we meet this time.”

Ghana and Tunisia will lock horns on Sunday in Libreville with the winner travelling to Bata to face the Chipolopolos in next Wednesday’s semi final.

[Kofi Addae, GNA Special correspondent in Bata, Equatorial Guinea]

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