Chambeshi: Bravo to my boys! They didn’t give up!
Zambia Under-20 Beston Chambeshi has praised his boys for not giving up in the CAF Under-20 African Cup of Nations semi final match against arch-rivals South Africa.
And the ‘Quicksilver’ has said that Zambia will play to win in the final and has no preference with regards to an opponent.
Despite scoring 19 goals between them, South Africa changed their game plan as they opted to be compact at the back and try to hit Zambia on the break.
“Congratulations to them but I also say bravo to my players who did not give up and wanted to score to qualify before penalties. It was a very good match and either team could have won,” Chambeshi told reporters at Heroes Stadium after the match.
“For the final, we have no preference whatever the opponent we will play to win it,” Chambeshi added
Zambia will now play the winner of Thursday’s other semi-final between Senegal and Guinea in Ndola in Sunday’s final, whilst South Africa faces the loser in the battle for bronze.
Chambeshi also took time to praise Amajita.
“South Africa caused us a lot of problems. They had a very good defensive organization that prevented us from developing our attacks.
Meanwhile South African Under-20 coach Thabo Senang has said Zambia are the tournament favourites.
“Congratulations to Zambia who just qualified for the final, but the match could have gone the other direction. Tonight, the two teams were close to each other and I told my players not to be afraid.
“We played well but it was Zambia that won. They are the tournament favourites and that’s why we did not hesitate to play against them towards having a good preparation for this tournament.
“All the games that will be played will serve as preparation for the players. I am proud of them and this team has made so much progress.
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