[By Bright Tembo]
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu still believes in the Zambia U23 that was booted out from the on-going U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

Zambia lost to Ivory Coast 1 – nil on Friday evening, a loss that confirmed Zambia’s exit from the tournament.

Speaking on behalf of the President, Ministry of Sports permanent secretary Joe Kapembwa said the Head of State still believes in the team despite its exit at the AfCON.

“When you qualified, the President sent his massage to you, so he still believes in you, the country still believes in you. What you only need to do is to work extra hard, make yourself available. What is important is being disciplined and staying focused at whatever club you’re playing for you need to be focused so that you improve your game,” Kapembwa said.

Zambian ambassador to Egypt Toply Lubaya also urged the players to stay focused and not be discourage.

“This total set back does not need to make you cry over it; what is very important is that you go back to the drawing board and see where you went wrong and you don’t need to fear that you will injure your friend. If it’s the coaching beach, you point out; if it’s yourselves [players], you point out,” said Lubaya.

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