Chambeshi concedes defeat and shifts focus to Ivory Coast as Nigeria boss reveals how he stopped Zambia
Zambia U23 national team head coach Beston Chambeshi had accepted defeat following his teams 3-1 bashing by the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria at the ongoing U23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.
Chambeshi admitted that his side did not play well as they played a lot of long balls which is not their type of football.
“We have accepted the defeat, we did not play well. The boys were not at their best, we played much of the long boys which are not our type of play. We conceded from set-pieces, we did a lot of work on set pieces,” he said.
“It was a good game, it was tough because both teams needed points from this game. At the end of the day Nigeria won.”
Chambeshi is still hopeful of progression to the semifinals as he believes the group is still open.
“The table is still open, if saw the game we played against South Africa and today we will come back in the last game, I know the boys are hungry. It will be a good game against Ivory Coast,” he said.
His Nigerian counterpart Imama Amapakabo revealed that his Olympic Eagles studied Zambia’s style of play and planned for them.
“From our study of them, we knew that always they are going to go to the right and keep a player wide on the left and they will try to find him. So we made a contingency plan for them and waited for them,” Imama said.
“They are a team that we prepared for that whenever they attack, they attack in the wings if the ball comes on top in the box whoever player comes shoots.”
Zambia will play Ivory Coast on Friday at Cairo International Stadium in the final Group B match while Nigeria squares off with South Africa.
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