CHIPOLOPOLO COSAFA coach Aggrey Chiyangi has described winning the 2019 tournament as ‘a great achievement’ for his career.
Chiyangi also says winning the COSAFA trophy is a consolation for Zambia having failed to qualify to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
And Botswana coach Mogomotsi Mpote described reaching the COSAFA final as an achievement for his country.
Chipolopolo lifted a fifth COSAFA Cup after beating the Zebras of Botswana 1-0 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa on Sunday afternoon.
Zambia struggled with some disjointed display for most parts of the game but misfiring striker Tapson Kaseba scored the only goal of the game in the 78th minute with the tiring Tswana’s running out of steam.
Zambia goalkeeper from Green Eagles FC Sebastian Mwange was voted goalkeeper of the tournament while his club mate Kaseba walked away with the man-of-the-match award for his winning goal.
During post-match interviews, Chiyangi who is also Green Eagles coach said the victory was important to him because many critics did not believe in what he was building.
“I think for me personally this is very important for me personally in my career because you know in football you have so many critics. When you start to build something for them they don’t believe that what you are doing is the right thing until they see the result,” Chiyangi said.
“So personally, for me, this is a great achievement and especially that we haven’t had anything to console our supporters back home having failed to qualify for the AfCON so at least this is a consolation and then a sign that there is future in our football in Zambia.”
And Mpote said: “Of course it is an achievement for me to take these young boys up to this stage. Look at how we even lost to Zambia, we matched them pound to pound and you know that Zambia is always dominant to us. And as a person, you play a powerhouse like Zambia and these young boys put a brave fight, that they were showing, for me it is a big achievement.”
“The supporters and the people behind you will never be satisfied with what you are doing but as coaches and as a person, Botswana football is growing and I am happy with what I saw today,” said Mpote.
Meanwhile, Chiyangi hailed Botswana’s display on the day saying football in that country has greatly improved with noticeable difference compared to the way it was when he coached in that country back in 2005.
He added that the regional tournament was important for the development of players while Mpote said the COSAFA tournament was a very important competition for the early exposure of young players in the Southern African region.
The two countries will meet again in the African Nations Championship qualifiers (CHAN) next month.
Zambia is now just one more trophy behind six time winners Zimbabwe and one above South Africa who have won it four times.