African champion coach Herve Renard says the most important thing in Zambia’s clash against Uganda on Saturday was qualification to the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Winning is not important in the game tomorrow. The most important thing is to be in the draw of the Africa Cup. The most important thing is to be qualified otherwise you are not part of the most important part of African football,” Renard told journalists in a conference at the Sheraton in Kampala.
“I know, my players and my staff will do the maximum because we know what the Africa Cup is and we don’t want to miss it,” he said.
On Uganda’s record of not having lost a match for over years at the Nelson Mandela in Namboole, Renard said their record was not important because in the same period that they had maintained an unbeaten record, Uganda had not qualified to any Nations Cup finals tournaments which were held over the same period.
The gaffer looked calm but declared his sqaud ready
“You have the record but you still didn’t qualify,” Renard said.
He said the absence of Rainford Kalaba would be mitigated by the Team’s wonderful spirit and other squad members who have already filled his position.
” I wont tell you which team I will put out tomorrow (Saturday) but we have very disciplined players to make the difference tomorrow (Saturday). We need to know how to manage the high moment and the difficult moments of the game. But like I said, its the qualification we want here,” Renard said.