COACH Wedson Nyirenda says there is a lot of hope in the current national team.

And Nyirenda says yesterday’s game between Zambia and Cameroon was good.

Chipolopolo yesterday surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Cameroon in the final World Cup qualifying game at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.

Strikers Patson Daka and Brian Mwila scored for Zambia.

But leaky defending by Chipolopolo allowed the visitors to come from behind to level matters late on.

Zambia finished second in group B while Cameroon finished third and Algeria last of the group, with Nigeria qualifying as group winners.

Speaking after the match, Nyirenda said Cameroon gave his side a good game.

“I think Cameroon gave us a very good game. I am happy with the boys; I think there is a lot of hope in this team. I think the future looks good. The young players accounted for themselves well, and Cameroon were equally good. This game gives us an impression of how the boys can stand the pressure of playing at home,” said Nyirenda.

President Lungu said Nyirenda’s team can qualify to the 2022 world Cup because it has quality players.

Zambia now shifts attention to the African Nations Championships (CHAN) to be held in Morocco next January and 2019 Africa cup qualifier against Namibia away in Windhoek.

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