Norway’s national football team was being praised on Monday for being disciplined with a good defense, after playing the second of two exhibition matches in Africa over the weekend. The Norwegians met Zambia’s championship squad on the African continent, with the match ending undecided at 0-0.
With Norway’s government minister for foreign aid among the estimated 40,000 cheering spectators, the match was a memorable one for the team led by coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen. Both Olsen and his players seemed reasonably satisfied with Norway’s performance against Zambia, not least since the Norwegian national team is in the midst of a generational shift.
Several of those playing Saturday at the large national stadium in Zambia were making their debut as “Drillo’s boys.” “It went very well during the entire match,” Kim André Madsen, who plays professionally for Strømsgodset, told news bureau NTB, “even though I was exhausted after just playing in the second half.”
Debutant Ruben Kristiansen also thought it was fun to be playing in Zambia, and claimed they were well-disciplined, as did Olsen. Another round of World Cup qualifiers begins later this winter.