CHIPOLOPOLO Soccer Fans Association has attributed the early exit of the Under-20 to inadequate preparations.
And Zambia Under-20 soccer team coach Hector Chilombo has expressed dissapointment at the early exit of his lads at the on-going Africa Youth Championship.
Assocition president Yotam Mwanza said soccer fans were dissapointed by the continous under- performing of national teams at their respective tournaments.
“The boys did not have adequate preparations. How can they only play one friendly against Senegal when going to a tournament of such magnitude,” he said.
“It was the same situation with the senior national team and the Under-17. All soccer teams that qualified to their respective Africa showpieaces did not prepare,”he said.
The junior Chipolopolo were beaten 2-1 by the young Black Stars despite taking an early lead in the 2nd minute through Dave Daka at Caroline Faye Stadium.
Chilombo’s lads failed to maintain their lead in the 26th minute when Ghanaian striker Asedu Attobrah beat Zambian goalkeeper Magani Banda and equalised.
In the 41st minute Daka again beat the Ghananian defence, sending a low shot in the open goal but was overruled offside. Then Ghana sealed their victory in the 82nd minute through substitute Samuel Afful making it 2-1 in the match which the Chipolopolo youths dominated.
Mwanza said national teams should be adequately funded to unable them get neccesary preparation before a tournament.
“This situation needs to be corrected.If nothing is done about it we shall contiune going to AfCON tournament as participants,”he said.
With this latest showing, Zambia is out of the tournament and their last game against South Africa on Sunday is a mere formality. South Africa has also been eliminated and this game will be more about pride between the two Southern African states.
Chilombo said he was saddened by their early exit from the championship despite playing a good game and scoring an early goal.
Speaking to journalists after the game Chilombo said the loss was painful especially that Zambia had taken command of the game and managed to score as early as the secomd minute through Dave Daka
“I am very disappointed. It is painful to exit in such a way but I must say the boys played good football,” Chilombo said.
The coach said he was happy that the talent exhibited by the boys was a true testimony that Zambia has a bright future in international football.
Zambia was beaten 1-0 by Mali on Tuesday in the first game.