Zambia coach Herve Renard has admitted that they will be heavily defeated by Ghana next month if they replicate their shocking performance that saw them booted out of the CHAN qualifiers by Zimbabwe on Saturday.
The Frenchman has confirmed the GHANAsoccernet.com report that he will be travelling with some hungry home-based players for the 6 September decisive World Cup clash with the Black Stars in Kumasi despite their unimpressive showing against Zimbabwe.
The Warriors stunned the Chipolopolo when beating them 1-0 in Zambia’s Ndola Stadium to eliminate the home side from the qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Renard, who is a former physical trainer of the Black Stars, is planning to use hungrier home-based players to frustrate the Black Stars in Kumasi but their unimpressive showing against Zimbabwe has not dissuaded him from his plans of using the local players for his counter-attacking strategy against the Black Stars.
The Frenchman says some players in Zambia’s home-based squad will be included in the senior Chipolopolo squad for crucial match against Ghana in 12 days’ time.
However, Renard admits that they will not get their desired result in Ghana if they play like they did at home against the Zimbabweans.
“But some players are not ready to play. I hope we will not reproduce the same game in Kumasi because if it happens then you can’t expect anything,” Renard said.
Ghana host Zambia in the decisive group match in the slaughter house of Kumasi with the Chipolopolo needing a victory to advance to the last round of the World Cup qualifiers.
A draw will be enough for the Black Stars.
The Black Stars leap-frogged Zambia to the leadership of Group D with a 2-0 away win over Lesotho and moved to 12 points, one more than the 2012 Africa Cup winners who were held 1-1 at home by Sudan.
Ghana lead the group even though the Zambians got free three points from the FIFA boardroom after Sudan defeated the Chipolopolo yet they were docked points for fielding an ineligible player.
The winner in Kumasi will advance to the last round of 10 where the teams will be paired in home and away knock-out ties during the dates of October 11 to 15 and November 15 to 19.
The five winners over both legs will qualify for the Brazil World Cup to be held from June 12 to July 13, 2014.