Chintu sees Zambia topping WC group

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“On paper it looks like Togo is the only team that will give us stiff competition, however we will need to treat Eritrea and Swaziland with respect.

“What gives me confidence is the fact that we have beaten Togo before on their home turf and so we will not be going into unfamiliar territory. We beat Togo in Lome during the 2006 African Nations qualifiers.

“When we visit them, and the others, we need to be mentally strong because in West Africa it is difficult to win games, especially as most of the Togo players ply their trade in Europe," says the steady central defender who moved from Golden Arrows in the off-season.

“I also believe that Zambia should not just aim to qualify for the Nations Cup; this time around we must set our sights higher and target playing in the 2010 World Cup, after all this is where it is going to be played; in our adopted home.”

The 26 year-old also believes that the experience he gained while playing in Sweden will come in handy in helping the Chipolopolo Boys move forward in the near future.

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