Zambia in semi-finals…Futsal team promises to qualify to the World Cup after drawing 4-all with


ZAMBIA Fustal team coach Augusto Lucio says the team is ready to face any team in the semi-finals of the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify to the World Cup.

Lucio yesterday said he was impressed with the players’ fighting spirit when the fans thought it was over for Zambia.

“I commend the boys for the exceptional performance. They came from behind to level the scores which show the confidence in the team. Mozambique is a good side, but I am happy my boys handled the match well,” he said.

He said the team will use the two days before the semi-final on Friday to work on the loose ends.

“We are not scared to take on any team that will finish on top of group B. Zambia came here with a primary goal of qualifying to the world Cup. Now that we are in the semi-finals, our goal is to win the game at all cost.

“Group B has strong teams, but I have watched all of them and know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

He advised the boys to remain focused and finish the task ahead.

“We are not done yet and should not be complacent. The boys have everything it takes for a winning team and need to complete the mission of reaching the World Cup,” he said.

Last minute goals from Adrian Chama and Boniface Ndhlovu were enough for Zambia to snatch a point from the Mambas of Mozambique and book a place in the semi-finals.

Zambia drew 4-4 against Mozambique in their final Group A match on Tuesday night in a dramatic encounter.

It was a tightly contested match with the first half ending a 2-2 affair before Mozambique returned in the second half producing two goals through Ricardo Mendes and Flavio in the 24th and 27th minute respectively.

But Zambia redeemed herself at the death-levelling matters with two goals within a minute.

Zambia beat Tunisia 7-4 before losing 3-0 to hosts South Africa. Finally, drew 4-4 in a crucial encounter against Mozambique.

South Africa and Tunisia were knocked out of the race after amassing three points apiece.

Zambia is expected to face Egypt or Morocco who were last night scheduled to clash in a final group B match.

Morocco was topping the group on seven points, two behind Egypt while Libya had a point and Angola zero.

Zambia finished on four points, three behind Mozambique.

The top three teams will qualify to represent Africa at the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup from September 10 to October 1 in Colombia.

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