[By Bright Tembo]
ZAMBIA Under-23 coach Beston Chambeshi is happy with the draw recorded against South Africa in the Group B opener at Al Salaam Stadium on Saturday.
Chambeshi said the draw was better for Zambia looking at the way South Africa played in the second half.
“It was a nice game, very competitive, entertaining and I am happy with the result. South Africa and Zambia is like a local derby, like Zamalek and Al Ahly. It is not an easy game. We have to thank the boys, they played well, there was no hard tackle, and it was a clean game,” he said.
“Overall I am happy, we started very well and South Africa contained us. The second half South Africa came on us trying to counter attack. A draw is better for us.”
Both South African coach and Zambian coaches were concerned with the absence of some of the key players due to the refusal of their clubs to release them.
“In my opinion it would be better if the tournament was starting inside of the FIFA [calendar] then we would not have problem with players playing in Champions League and players in Europe, “David Notoane said.
For his part Chambeshi said: “FIFA should come in because we are denying the boys to show us what we have but I can’t blame them.”
Zambia and South Africa drew 0-0 in their opening Group B match while Ivory Coast edged out Nigeria 1-0 to shoot to the summit of the table.
The junior Chipolopolo boys stay second on the table with a point and will play Nigeria in the second game.