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Chiyangi expecting a tougher game against Zimbabwe as Mwase describes loss as painful

Zambia national team Caretaker coach Aggrey Chiyangi is expecting an even tougher game when his team takes on the defending Champions, Zimbabwe in the semifinals of the ongoing COSAFA Cup. Chiyangi was speaking after Zambia secured a hard-fought win over Malawi to progress to the semifinals.

Zambia has lost back to back COSAFA Cup finals to Zimbabwe, 3-1 in 2017 and 4-2 in 2018 but Chiyangi says the two losses are a thing of the past because this game will be different.

“We expect a tougher game against Zimbabwe we know they are playing for AFCON hence it won’t be easy but we are ready for them,” He said.

” We have to forget about the two losses we have had in the finals. This will be a different game .   We just have to plan well and make sure we take our chances when we create them. We could have scored two goals in the first half but because of lack of concentration we missed them but when we play Zimbabwe it will be tougher so we have to take our chances,” He added.

His Counterpart Mike Mwase was left disappointed with the result as he felt his team dominated the entire match and did not deserve to lose.

“It is a little bit painful when you know that you dominated the whole game but you end up losing. Maybe maturity on the side of my team but it is football,” He said.

Gabadinho Mhago opened the scores with a close strike just two minutes into the match after a defensive mix up. The Flames doubled their lead five minutes into the second half thanks to a Gerald Phiri penalty after a Zambian defender handled in the box.

Austin Muwowo pulled one back for Zambia seven minutes later with a brilliant strike from outside the box. Malawi goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe miscued a Precious Simbani backpass, Tapson Kaseba pounced on the loose ball to set up Chabula for an easy tap in.

Zambia will now face Zimbabwe in the semifinal for a place in the final and a chance at winning the half a million Rands prize money.

2019 Cosafa Cup prize money

1ST PLACE. R500K
2ND PLACE. R250K
3RD PLACE. R150K
4th PLACE. R125K
5th PLACE. R100K (PLATE WINNERS)

 

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4 Comments to Chiyangi expecting a tougher game against Zimbabwe as Mwase describes loss as painful

  1. John says:

    Kenneth kalunga (Portugal), lifumpa mwandwe ( england), mwiya malumo (Sweden), Edward chilufya (Sweden), Frankie chisenga( england), valance nambishi( Denmark). These are some of the names that should be called up to
    tournament like cosafa cup. These are young Zambia players in Europe and are fringe players. If you are serious about going to Qatar 2022 cosafa is the tournament where you call these boys and test them to see if they are ready. Kamanga is not serious without shame he says he’s building for chan. You need to be building for the world cup not Micky mouse tournaments like chan.

  2. Frog says:

    @ John You are 100% correct SA tested their u23 at Cosafa . We should have done the same. When Kalu was the coach , he built players like Chris Katongo, Kennedy Mweene and others at Afcon when we were walloped by Cameroon . It’s the same team that won the 2012 Afcon.

  3. Kasama Boy says:

    The next game is the hardest of all the games Zambia will ever play at this tournament. Our boys are good, they just need to concentrate until the last whistle, and they need to hold their nerves.

    Zimbabwe are tried and tested and they are clinical. They have a full strength squad to fulfill the objective of preparing for the AFCON. We have an under-strength squad of upstarts who will be playing together only their second game in their life to fulfill the objective of exposing as much talent as we can to nerve wracking tournaments.

    Zimbabwe has had 3 days of rest since they played on Saturday while we played on Sunday. These small details matter in a game of football.

    Although the writing is on the wall, that we do not stand a chance, I am curious to see how our lads will stand this test.

    One thing for sure is that who ever emerges victorious from this Zambia vs Zimbabwe fixture is most likely gonna take the trophy. Which also leaves me wondering why SA always puts itself on the other side to ensure they go the easy route to the final. Unfortunately they always stumble.

    Go Zambia, Go.

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