Aggrey Chiyangi: It was 50/50 against Sudan but we failed to score
Chipolopolo Assistant Coach Aggrey Chiyangi says his team did not play as expected in the quarter final game against Sudan that saw Zambia booted out by Sudan after losing 1 – 0.
Speaking after the seeing his side fail to register a goal for the first time at the tournament, Chiyangi said his team failed in their mission to reach go beyond the quarter finals despite the game being an equal affair between the two sides.
“We have given up and will be looking forward to the next match. It was 50-50 but we failed in certain aspects and did not play the way we expected,” the former Chipolopolo defender said.
“It was a tough game. We have lost and the one thing we didn’t do was to score. We created many chances but failed to make them count. Playing against Sudan, a team that plays together was going to be difficult. The good thing was that we created chances.”
“Our mission was to go beyond the quarters and we have failed to achieve that,” he added.
Sudan Coach Zdravko Logarusic said he expected Zambia to worn down with fatigue after playing the same team in three games.
“It was a difficult game for us. We knew Zambia had quality. I have been in charge for only five weeks, and with piece of luck and some good, we won. Zambia created chances and were just unlucky. The first thing was to put the ball at the back of the net and we succeeded in doing that. Football can be cruel; sometimes you deserve to win, but end up losing. Other times, you deserve to lose, but end up winning.”
“Zambia played three games and I knew it will be difficult for them to keep the rhythm. Also, fatigue set into their play.”
“The key thing was that I told the players to put the ball on the ground. That is I why we put extra midfielder just to hold the ball, and allow the ball to do the running.”
“We knew they were slow at the back and had to wait for the lucky punch.”
Sudan will play the winner between Nigeria and Angola in the semi final.
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