SHEPOLOPOLO coach Albert Kachinga says it’s not game over for Zambia because she still has another 90 minutes on Sunday to overturn the result and qualify for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AfWCN).
Speaking after Zambia lost 1-0 to Zimbabwe in the final round first leg qualifier in Harare on Wednesday, Kachinga confessed that his lasses lost concentration at the end of the first half and conceded a goal.
“We conceded the goal due to lack of concentration. We just went to sleep for a few seconds in added time hence thought the game was over, and that is how we lost it.
“But it is not yet game over; there is 90 minutes to determine the win at home. We will not let Zimbabwe reach the finals in Cameroon. That will not happen,” he said.
He said the team will work on the weaknesses noted during the match and plan well for Sunday’s encounter.
He said the team had not lost hope of qualification because they were ready to redeem themselves in Lusaka.
“We will play our game, but will definitely attack. Three days is enough for us to strategize. The girls know what is at stake and will not let their guard down,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe coach Shadreck Mlauzi said he was happy with the 1-0 win and now his side needed to score two more unanswered goals.
“I can confirm that we are a good side especially our defensive aspect. I am glad we did not concede a goal which puts us in an advantage.
“When we play away on Sunday, we will not sit back, but press for a goal and hopefully consolidate what we have done here,” Mlauzi said.
He however said he was expecting a different ball game in the return leg and will apply a conscious approach to the game.
“We have strong defenders and I don’t see Zambia scoring against us. I know they will try to bring in a different style of play, but my girls are ready for anything. This time we are qualifying to Cameroon,” he said. Zambia needs to score two unanswered goals to qualify for the Cameroon 2016 African Nations Women Championship when they host Zimbabwe on Sunday.