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Zambia to touch base in Goa ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

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The Zambian national team is planning to conduct a preparation camp in Goa ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Coach Hervé Renard and his team are expected to arrive in Goa in November with the aim to repeat their successful prepartions ahead of the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The team nicknamed “Chipolopolo” surprisingly won the last edition of the African continental championship after an exciting penalty shoot-out against a Didier Drogba led Ivory Coast team [+ read more].

Zambia conducted a camp in Goa ahead of their victory last year including two friendly matches against a Goa XI (4-1 | + read more) and the Indian national team (5-0 | + read more).

Renard’s team is looking to get some match practise during their new tour of India with some Goan I-League clubs and/or the Indian national team being the likely opponents.

“The camp in India will be an opportunity for the local players to get together and get into the strides and ethics and working culture of the Chipolopolo,” Football Association of Zambia spokesperson Erick Mwanza told. “It will provide an opportunity for a number of local league players and some internationals to get their act together and a stake a claim in the African champions’ provisional Nations Cup squad which is expected to be announced soon after that tour of duty of India.”

“Going into the 2012 Nations Cup finals we had very successful camp in Goa, India,” he continued. “Yes, India is much more known for cricket but as repeatedly stated, our tour of duty of India will avail us excellent training facilities and a tranquil environment which will allow the technical staff and players enjoy the training.”

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