ZAMBIA is still in contention for a slot at the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations tournament, says Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga.
Kamanga said all the team needed was adequate preparation to win the next away game against Guinea Bissau in June.
Speaking in an interview yesterday Kamanga said that the Chipolopolo Boys had managed to collect two points which was not a bad result.
“Draws in two-legged matches are not a bad result. We dropped four points but still got two. I believe Zambia is still in contention for a place at the Gabon finals. We still have a reason to fight.
“What is important is for the team to win the important game against Guniea Bissau. This is a must win game and Zambia has to prepare adequately. It is not easy to play away, but the Chipolopolo just have to win,” he said.
He said the association will put in frantic efforts to ensure the team was well prepared for the next qualifier match.
He said the national team technical bench has to draw up a good programme to ensure Zambia’s qualification.
“The team should go back to the drawing board and see how Guniea Bissau can be brought down. The focus is to prepare for the next game, which will definitely not be an easy game. FAZ is determined to see Zambia at the Gabon finals “he said.
Meanwhile, Kamanga commended Government for ferrying supporters to Brazzaville for the return leg played on Sunday.
“We thank the Government for the continued support rendered to the team during the back-to-back matches against Congo,
“The Sports minister Vincent Mwale travelled with the team and made sure they were well received. It is now to the team to repay the good support being rendered by qualifying to Gabon,” he said.
Meanwhile, former national team coach Patrick Phiri said the door was not closed for the Chipolopolo as they still had chance to overturn results.
Phiri said the boys should target winning the two last games with many goals to safely seal a place at the AfCON finals.
“The boys are in a tricky position and hence should work hard to redeem themselves. Zambia should score many goals in the remaining two games. The two games are a must win. We still have great players that can deliver,” he said.
Zambia dropped to third position after she drew 1-1 in both legs against Congo Brazzaville.
The Chipolopolo face Guniea Bissau away on June 3 before hosting Kenya in September in the final Group E AFCON qualifier match.