Monday Jun 04, 2018. 11:15
Zambia national team coach Beston Chambeshi has heaped praise on goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata who was instrumental in their 4-3 win over Namibia on Saturday.
The Chipolopolo entered the 2018 COSAFA Cup in the quarter-finals and met the Brave Warriors whom they defeated via a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.
Kennedy Mweene’s understudy and Zanaco goalkeeper saved one spot-kick before emulating his senior by converting a penalty to help his side advance to the semi-finals at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
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Nsabata also saved Zambia’s blushes in the 84th minute to deny Itamunua Kaimunine from scoring the potential match winner from a point-blank range shot.
“You all know he has been Kennedy Mweene’s understudy and for sure even the way he took the penalty, I thought it was Kennedy Mweene, but then I realised it was Toaster Nsabata,” Chambeshi said to the COSAFA website.
“It is good the young boy, he is coming up, he is working hard.
“We are looking at the future and we encourage the boy to maintain the same level of play so that he can continue playing at this higher level.”
Nsabata was Zambia’s number one at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco in January and in the Four-Nations tournament in Ndola back in March. He is tipped to challenge Mweene for the number one spot.
The Zambians have set up a date against Madagascar who beat South Africa on Sunday.