Chipolopolo Coach George Lwandamina has heaped praise on his players for a good job done in the CHAN 2016 tournament and described the team’s loss to Guinea as unfortunate.
Lwandamina added that in penalties it was not easy to know how the results would be and congratulated Guinea for going through to the semi finals after beating Zambia 5-4 on penalties.
“It was indeed a very tough game playing against a Guinea side that was very fast on the ball but I am delighted with my defence, which remained water tight, not conceding any goals in open play.
We would have loved to be in the semifinal but football has a way of disappointing. Nevertheless, we will go back home satisfied that we gave our best,” Lwandamina said
“We had some fantastic chances but we failed to utilize them. We would have finished off the game early but as it was we had to play until the penalties. Even though the previous day we trained on taking spot kicks it did not happen as we expected.”
On being asked what his plans were after the elimination and if he would concentrate on his club Zesco or continue coaching the national team, Lwandamina said, “It’s indeed a tough question. You have to know that Zesco are my employers and being the coach of the national team is a calling and being a Zambian when called for such a noble cause you have to feel honoured. I will continue with both until stated otherwise.”
Zambia lost 4-5 on post-match penalties as Guinea qualified for the semifinal and extra time. Chipolopolo exits the tournament with their heads held high, being the only team that did not concede a goal in open play.
Guinea will meet Congo DR, who edged Rwanda in the first semifinal on Wednesday at the Amahoro Stadium.