Wednesday Jun 07, 2017. 18:00
In the wake of their 3-2 loss at the hands of Italy in their 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup quarter-final clash, Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi has urged his players to rise again.
The Junior Chipolopolo failed to sort out their defending after claiming a 2-1 lead in the second half of the crucial encounter.
Zambia netted their goals through Fashion Sakala and Patson Daka, but allowed Italy to grab a win through goals from Luca Vodi, Ricardo Orsolini and Dimarco to reach the semi-finals.
Although Chambeshi says his charges were crippled with the absence of playmaker Enock Mwepu who suffered an injury - he credited his troops for their effort.
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The U20 African Cup of Nations winning coach said his charges put up a good performance, yet were not equal to the task on set pieces.
“This is a working team, the players are winners, and they are African champions and have passed through this defeat,” said Chambeshi.
“As a coach and father, I will handle the defeat and motivate them. The team believes in Christ that it was not our day and we have accepted the defeat.
“Mwepu is a play-maker who can win you a game. His injury affected the team. Let’s hope his injury is not serious.
“We lost a player and we had to go without him.”
Meanwhile, reports indicate that the Zambians will arrive in the country from South Korea on Wednesday, 07 June 2017.