UNDER 20 national team coach Charles Bwale says soccer fans should be patient with the current crop of U-20 players because they are still being groomed. Speaking after his boys drew with Rwanda in the 2019 Niger Africa Cup of Nations U-20 qualifiers and made it into the final round of qualifiers, Bwale said the team was still under exposed. He said the fans should not have too much expectations compared to the previous team that lifted the trophy last year in Lusaka.
“Definitely looking at the game we had in Kigali and the looking at the game we had here in Lusaka, I think the guys came prepared, job well done coach. They gave us a good run but at the end of the day, what is important is that we have qualified to the next round,” Bwale said.
“We are appealing to our soccer fans in Zambia, the issue is that this is a very young team and their expectations shouldn’t be high compared to the one that lifted the AfCON, these are just young ones most of them have never been exposed to such kind of a crowd. I need that patience from our soccer fans, otherwise with time, we have a great under 20 [team].”
Zambia beat Rwanda in Kagila 0-2 in the first leg and drew at home 1-1 making them victorious on aggregate. They will face either Burundi or Sudan in the final qualifying round.