Sunday Nov 10, 2019. 08:29
South Africa and Zambia played to a 0-0 draw in their opening Group B game at the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations as both sides were left to rue missed chances.
The best of the chances fell South Africa’s way as first Kobamelo Kodisang evaded three defenders before pulling his shot wide, before Thabiso Monyane was denied by a fine save.
Both sides were missing key players who had not been released for the weekend match due to club commitments, but will now link up with the squad during the FIFA International window.
“Tactically, both coaches were trying to win the game and make sure we got the goal to give us the three points. For us, and Zambia as well, we lacked a little bit of intelligence and awareness of the moment, due to the absence of certain players,” South Africa coach David Notoane said.
“It was a fair result, an enjoyable game, unfortunately no goal, but we keep those for the next two games.”
South Africa are next in action on Tuesday against Ivory Coast, who beat Nigeria 1-0 on Saturday in a surprise result in the other Group B game.
Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi, who was also missing a number of overseas-based stars, was also satisfied with the point.
“It was very competitive and very entertaining,” he said. “South Africa and Zambia is like a local derby, so it was never going to be an easy game. We played very well, it was a very tactical game.”