Zambia's Chambeshi urges his players to rise again

Zambia's Chambeshi urges his players to rise again
Beston Chambeshi

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

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.


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. CLICK HERE TO VISIT AFRICAN FOOTBALL ZAMBIA

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