CHIPOLOPOLO coach Aggrey Chiyangi says his team will make it difficult for eSwatini to play their game when the two teams meet for the final leg of the Total 2020 Cameroon CHAN qualifiers next month.
His eSwatin counterpart Kosta Papic says it will be a very tough game in Zambia for his charges.
Zambia put one leg into the finals after winning 1-0 away in eSwatini on Sunday afternoon with the return match scheduled for October 18 in Ndola.
Green Eagles midfielder Armity Shamende scored Zambia’s only goal of the match to make the return leg a bit lighter.
“It was a very tough game, eSwatini played very well, we knew what they wanted and made sure they don’t break our defence. I said before the game that we are going to attack when we get in position, we don’t give them space in the midfield. The only thing is that one foot across the line but we need to lift the other foot. We are going to make it very difficult for them to play when they come to Zambia. We will not underrate them,” Chiyangi said in his post-match press conference.
Chipolopolo skipper Adrian Chama said his team executed the game as planned.
eSwatini coach Kosta Papic also predicted a tough encounter in the return leg after what he saw in the first leg.
“The result is not good obviously, we did our job well in the first [half], we were facing a very strong opponent to be honesty with you. It will be a very tough game in Zambia. One mistake and it cost us, congratulations to Zambia,” said Papic.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and his executive committee congratulated the African Nations Championship (CHAN) team for recording a 1-0 away win in eSwatini in the first leg.
He said the away result puts the team in good stead to finish off the job in the second leg next month and qualify to the 2020 CHAN in Cameroon.
“We are very proud of the team’s victory on foreign soil. It is a result that takes the team closer to the dream of CHAN qualification,” Kamanga said. “Ours is only to urge them to remain focused and finish off the job in the second leg and grab the ticket to Cameroon. We are working to qualify another team to a major tournament after the Under-23 qualified to the AFCON in Egypt.”
Kamanga said the team would be given all the necessary support to succeed in their campaign.
Zambia defeated eSwatini in Manzini on Sunday to carry a 1-0 advantage into the return leg in Ndola on October 19.