THE Chipolopolo Boys are on the right track to qualifying for the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following their improved performance against Kenya last Sunday, says former national player Emmanuel Munaile.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Munaile said the boys put in their best to come from a goal down to grab full points on Kenyan soil.
He said the boys exhibited a good fighting spirit which has been missing in recent past engagements.
“The win over Kenya revived hopes of Zambia qualifying for the Gabon finals. They exhibited the spirit of resilience which is cardinal in football,
The professional and local players blended very well hence producing a positive result,” he said.
He however said the inability of the frontline to get goals should not be blamed on the coach.
“For some time now, the issue of not scoring has remained a worry to every Zambian. But it is not always the coach’s fault. The coach is there to improve the strikers’ ability and not to teach,
“What we are lacking are natural strikers. It’s good that a natural striker like Collins Mbesuma was recalled,” he said.
Munaile advised the players to keep on fighting and believing in themselves if they have to achieve their goals.
“I urge the boys to remain focused. They should not be overwhelmed by the victory. There are other tough matches ahead. Keep pushing hard and never lose confidence,” he said.
Meanwhile, ex-Zambia national team striker Zeddy Saileti said 1-1 draw against Gabon in a friendly match played on Tuesday was not a bad result.
Saileti said friendly matches are used by technical bench to assess the weak and strong points of each player.
He expressed happiness with the team’s performance game against Kenya and said he had no doubt that Zambia will qualify to Gabon.
The Chipolopolo Boys are scheduled to face Congo in their third qualifier match.