Zambian trio of Jonas Sakuwaha, James Chamanga and Rainford Kalaba have all vowed to defend their Africa Nations Cup title won in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Sakuwaha said in an interview from Khartoum yesterday that pressure will be on the Super Eagles of Nigeria to deliver, having failed to qualify for the 2012 finals.
“People are only talking about Nigeria in Group C forgetting that we [Zambia] are the champions,” he fired.
“Nigeria will not have it easy against us, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. We are going to South Africa to defend the title,” said Sakuwaha, who features for El Merreikh and has scored 15 goals this season.
Another striker James Chamanga said Group C is not about the Super Eagles but about Zambia alone. The China-based forward insisted they are not thinking about revenge but about defending the title they pipped the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire to win in February.
Also, midfielder Rainford Kalaba is confident Zambia will once again rise to the occasion but has respect for other opponents.
“All the 16 teams at the tournament are good. For Ethiopia to qualify, it means they are as good as others at the tournament and they should not be underrated.”
“Nigeria have always been good and would this time want to prove a point after missing out of the last tournament, while Burkina Faso will also be tough. But we are going to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to defend the title,” he added.
At the Africa Cup of Nations 2010 finals in Angola, the Super Eagles defeated Zambia 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in regulation time in the quarter-finals, and they also edged out Zambia 2-0 in a friendly last November in Kaduna.