Zambia interim coach Patrice Beaumelle has expressed his excitement ahead of leading out his side against Brazil at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday.
Beaumelle took up the role last last week after the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) confirmed Herve Renard had left to join French Club Sochaux.
And the 35-year-old can’t wait to take his place on the bench in such an iconic venue.
“I know about the Bird's Nest from 2008 when I was in front of my TV watching the Beijing Olympics. It was amazing to see it on TV. To play in this stadium is something I will remember this for the rest of my life.”
The Chipolopolo boss went on to reveal how special it is to have the chance of meeting such illustrious opponents, insisting he is hoping both he and his players will learn from facing Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Selecao.
“I would like to say thank you to the people who organised this game,” said the Frecnhman.
“For Zambia, it's a privilege to play against this kind of team. But we're not afraid of Brazil. We have respect for them, but we are here just to learn from one of the best teams in the world.
“I'm a young coach. I have taken inspiration from a lot of coaches. Scolari himself is one of best coaches in the world - coaching Brazil is no minor responsibility.”
Brazil will be hoping to secure their fourth straight victory on Tuesday.