Zambia under 20 coach Hector Chilombo
Tuesday Mar 10, 2015. 13:49
Zambia Under 20 coach Hector Chilombo has expressed that despite losing 1-0 to Mali in their African Youth Championship game on Monday, they are not yet out of the tournament.
It was Alassane Diallo who scored the only goal of the match which saw Mali clinching victory in their opening match of the group B in M’ Bour.
Chilombo said he would have loved to open the tournament with a win but things did not go according to his plan.
“Being the first game, I would have liked to win, but we lost. We played well and did not create a lot of chances. We lost but we are not out. I’m happy for my boys, because they have shown that they can improve,” said the coach.
Zambia will now face Ghana who beat South Africa 2-0 in their first match and will be hoping to claim their first victory over them.
“We will remain focused and work harder in the next game. We have to recover and win our next game against Ghana. The tournament is on and we will fight on,” he said.
Midfielder Spencer Sautu also raised concerns about the opportunities that they did not make good use of but said this is a learning process.
“It is a pity that we couldn’t take our chances. It is a learning process and we have learnt our mistakes. They (Mali) had one opportunity and they scored from it. We hope to take our chances in our next game,” said Sautu.