Zambia will not give up on their Africa Cup of Nations title easily says coach Herve Renard and winning over hosts South Africa at Soccer City on Wednesday night has upped their combative mood.
“We are hungry and we want to win more,” said the French-born coach, who earlier this year took the Zambians to their first-ever continental title when they beat the Ivory Coast on post-match penalties in the final in Libreville.
“We will come back to South Africa in January to defend our title.”
And he warned: “It will not be so easy to take our title. We might not be the favourites but we have a strong side.”
Renard said the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations made for a double agenda in the new year. “Our other target is to go to the World Cup in 2014. This is the path we have put together. I’m a lucky coach to have such a fantastic squad.”
On Wednesday Renard opted for consistency and played 10 of the 11 players who started the Afcon final, in the friendly against Bafana Bafana, showing how much Zambia have matured since their victory in Gabon earlier in the year.
Captain Chris Katongo said he and his teammates had been determined. “We showed that we are African champions, we didn’t come here to just play a friendly.
“We have a team that is already in place and it is very important to defend the cup,” said the former Jomo Cosmos striker.