THERE is no relief until the team qualifies, says Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck.
He said his team would only experience relief once it qualifies to the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Sven saluted his players for their performance against Guniea Bissau during the Africa Cup qualifier at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday evening.
The Chipolopolo Boys outclassed the West Africans in the 2-1 encounter to put their African Cup campaign back on track.
“I have to give a compliment to all my boys. There was one instance, I have accepted it, there were people on the bench who expected it and there were people who were on the pitch who gave it everything with good performance,” Sven said.
“We don’t have the advantage, relief will come when we qualify. Until then, we are in a race of six games. Half is played and next Sunday the game will become even more important than today so there is no relief [yet].”
He said the last 10 minutes were difficult and that the only way to have won the game was to give it all.
Meanwhile, Guinea Bissau coach Baciro Cande congratulated the Chipolopolo boys for their victory but blamed his defenders for conceding the second goal.
“In the second half, when we just started, the defence made some mistakes and we suffered [conceded] the second goal. We could have tried to score some goals but we did get some challenges but we give the Zambian team some merit,” said Cande.
Zambia has now four points, level with Mozambique and Guinea Bissau while winless Namibia is on one point.
The Chipolopolo boys left for Guinea Bissau yesterday ahead of Sunday’s return leg.