The Zambia U23 national team arrived in Liberia on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday’s TotalEngeries 2023 U23 AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone here in Monrovia.
Osward Mutapa’s team landed at Robertsfield International Airport at 17h45 local time after a two-hour flight from Accra where they had landed earlier on in the day at 11h00 on Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa.
Zambia U23 had a layover in Addis Ababa on Wednesday evening from Lusaka in transit to West Africa.
Meanwhile, Zambia made a 30 minute drive from Robertsfield to Monrovia where they checked in at The Boulevard Hotel that is less than 20 minutes from the match venue.
Shortly after checking in, Zambia U23 team held a brief but electrifying aerobic session to brush off the jet-lag before the players had dinner and retired for the night.
The workout held in the Boulevard Hotel courtyard was presided on by Zambia U23 physical trainer and 2012 AFCON winning captain Christopher Katongo.
It drew a crowd of inquisitive but excited hotel guests and passers-by as Katongo led the players while goalkeeper coach and fellow 2012 AFCON winner Kalililo Kakonje blended into the youngsters obeying the high-tempo drill from his colleague.
Meanwhile, Zambia turns to big business on Friday to prepare for Saturday’s clash against Sierra Leone.
Zambia will have a feel of the artificial turf match venue at 16h00 local time on Friday.