Zambia coach Herve Renard says they are targeting nothing short of the three points in Friday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Lying just a point adrift the Black Stars in Group D, the Frenchman declared moments after their arrival in Accra that “we have no option than to win”.
The Chipolopolos finally made the trip to Accra after initial setbacks with a 45-member delegation made up of players, members of the technical team and Government officials. The 2012 African champions were forced to call off their trip to Accra on Wednesday due to hurdles with aviation official regarding landing permit in Kumasi.
Renard, 44, who is making his first trip to Ghana since parting ways with the Black Stars five years ago remains upbeat about his side’s chances against the Black Stars.
He told GNA Sports the venue of the match should not serve a hindrance to their targets. “We have to win, and the venue doesn’t matter,” said Renard, who worked alongside Sellas Tetteh as one of the deputies to Claude Le Roy during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted in Ghana.
However, the Frenchman admitted that the Stars, who need just a point to go through, are favourites for the Group D encounter backed by the quality of players.
“There is a difference in the quality of players, and where they are playing. When big names play for each other and are united, you always are the favourites.”
Renard also conceded that their late arrival, which means they have less than 24-hours to prepare for the crucial was their fault. “It has been a difficult trip during the last few days. It’s our fault we came late, but we will cope.”
The outcome of the match will give birth to the group’s representative for the final round of the African qualifiers.
The Stars are eying a hat-trick of appearances at the Mundial after 2006 (Germany) and 2010 (South Africa).
Meanwhile, Sudan and Lesotho will face off in the other Group D clash in Omdurman. GNA