A highly respected member of a close-knitÃ‚Â ZambiaÃ‚Â squad,Ã‚Â Joseph MusondaÃ‚Â embodies the faith and self-belief of the Copper Bullets better than anyone. With just days to go before they begin their CAF Africa Cup of Nations defence in South Africa, the vastly experienced centre-half is convinced they can put some uncertain recent performances behind them and shine on the big stage again.
While team-mate and close friendÃ‚Â Jacob MulengaÃ‚Â feels the reigning champions will be firmly in the spotlight when the tournament kicks off this weekend, Musonda has no doubt they can take the pressure in their stride.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa will be like playing at home for us,Ã¢â‚¬Â the 35-year-old central defender, who has been capped 73 times by his country, toldÃ‚Â FIFA.com. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re used to playing here and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have lots of our fans cheering us on too.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel stressed and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re all pulling together, which makes us strong,Ã¢â‚¬Â continued the veteran, reflecting the serene, unruffled approach favoured by the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s French coach Herve Renard. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are united and ready to fight for each other. We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to put needless pressure on our shoulders.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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