Tuesday Sep 05, 2017. 14:30
Zambian international goalkeeper and skipper, Kennedy Mweene has come out in support of striker Fashion Sakala who was shown a red card in his debut against Algeria.
Sakala was shown his marching orders in the 56th minute for a second bookable offence at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Although Chipolopolo won the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier 3-1, Mweene said the young striker should not be crucified because red cards are part of football.
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The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper also hailed the impact made by the U20 youngsters such as Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu who scored the third goal.
“He is a youngster, such mistakes are normal but we don’t have to crucify him. We have to talk to him and encourage him,” said Mweene.
“Such mistakes are bound to happen when playing strong teams like Algeria.
“Most of the youngsters gave us what we wanted. We had a lot of positive energy. We need to put in a lot to help the youngsters gain experience.
“With team spirit, hard work and cohesion you can win any game.”
Meanwhile two goal hero, Brian Mwila and defender Stopilla Sunzu are racing against time to gain fitness for Tuesday's clash away to the Desert Warriors after sustaining injuries on Saturday.
This thrilling encounter will be staged Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui in Constantine, kick-off is at 21:00 (CAT).