We needed to go beyond the Quarterfinals – Chiyangi
Zambian Super League outfit Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi has revealed that he told his team to put in extra work to go beyond the Quarterfinals of the CECAFA Kagame Cup after overcoming Kenyan giants Gor Mahia 2-1 in Kigali.
“We told them that we don’t want to go out of the tournament at this stage, we needed to go beyond the quarterfinals. We asked them to do a little bit of hard work,” Chiyangi said.
The Green Army scored their only goal via Nicholas Kipkrui’s early strike in the first half after grabbing a feeble backpass from Green Eagles defender Boniface Sunzu.
Chiyangi said his technical bench identified the weaknesses of the Gor Mahia side and told his troops to capitalize on those weaknesses.
Chipolopolo striker Tapson Kaseba equalized for the Kawale Boys in the first half six minutes after Gor Mahia took the lead to take the match 1-1 at halftime.
The Green Eagles tactician introduced the scorer of the match-winning goal Shadreck Mulungwe in the second half for Kennedy Musonda.
Mulungwe slotted the winning goal from the 18-yard area after receiving a pass from Spencer Sautu and neatly shrugged off the challenge from Gor defenders.
“We capitalized on the weakness. In the second half, the only thing which we did, we saw that they were getting tired. So that’s why we said we bring in another striker so that at least with fresh legs he can see, at least get a chance and score, which he did from a very difficult angle,” Chiyangi said.
Green Eagles are the fourth Zambian club to reach the semifinals of the Cecafa Clubs Championship after Green Buffaloes (1976 and 1986), Kabwe Warriors and Mufulira Wanderers (1986) all qualified to the semifinals, but Chiyangi said the team will not be carried away by the victory over Gor Mahia that has taken them into the semi-finals of the tournament.
“When you go to a tournament the bigger picture is to win the tournament. So far we have crossed many rivers, what we are remaining with one river which we have to cross to get into the finals. We are taking every stage step by step,” Chiyangi told ZamFoot.
Green Eagles will take on Uganda giants Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club in the semifinals on Friday. KCCA FC beat Rwanda’s Rayon Sport to book a place in the semifinals.
Green Eagles will be competing in the CAF Champions League for the first time and before the match,h Chiyangi said the team will use the Cecafa experience to prepare the team for the continental interclub football expedition.
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