Kaunda: We were caught ball watching
Under Seventeen coach Chris Kaunda says he has noticed the deficiencies that caused Zambia to go down by a goal to nil at the hands of Guinea this evening, in a group A match of the Africa Youth Championships in Niger.
Kaunda has told @fazfootball.com in Niger that his lads did not play well in the first as they were caught ball watching at times. However Kaunda is confident between now and the next game he can rectify the shortcomings.
“After we talked to the boys at half time you saw how we played. We missed three good chances but of course that is water under the bridge. You can rest assured that we shall play better in the next game” Kaunda told journalists at the end of the match.
Kaunda added: “It is disappointing to lose the way we did especially that we could have scored at least one goal from the chances we created. It is still an open tournament. We will go and review what happened today, talk to the players and get them to play without any pressure. Against Niger in three days’ time, there will be nothing like they are the host or home team. I will still say that my boys are ready and they will be focused on that match. Our world cup target remains the same.”
And team captain Patson Daka says the match against Guinea is now history which the team should only use to better itself for the next game.
“This match has passed we can only learn our mistakes from it and better ourselves for the next assignment However, we shall not allow this loss to divert our attention from our goal of getting to the semi finals” he added.
“As a team, we will now focus on the next game. We have learned a lot from today’s game. Now we have to go and correct the mistakes and I believe that we can still go to the semi-finals and the final. We will do our very best in the next game,” Daka said.
Guinea coach Hamidou Camara had this to say:
“We prepared well and our approach to this match was to score many goals. We worked a lot in front of goal in training and that is why our goal was very technical. The game was very exciting. It was tough for us and I think it was tough for Zambia as well.”
“We missed three players today because of injury and that is why we lacked cohesion but we tried to work together and keep the ball but like I said Zambia was tough and we had an exciting and technical match today.”
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