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Chiyangi blames loss on defensive lapses

Green Eagles Head Coach Aggrey Chiyangi blamed his team’s 2-1 loss to Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto in the first leg pre-group CAF Champions League match on defensive lapses and lack of experience from his players in a game he described as tough.

Chiyangi believes Agosto’s experience playing in the Competition played a part in the end result.

“It was a very tough game. Like I said playing against Agosto was going to be tough because of the experience that they have and that is what made the difference in the game. We lost the game but if u saw the goals that we conceded it is like we just gave them. Because if our defenders would have reacted in the right way they could not have scored those goals. We had two lapses and they took advantage because when u have experienced players they don’t mess up when they have chances,” he said.

He told the ZamFoot Crew at a Post-match press briefing that his team did not start the game well but he was happy with the second-half performance and vowed to work on simple mistakes.

“In the first half we did not start the way we were supposed to, the aggression was not there. Like I said it’s all about the experience, so many things go on in the mind of the players when they are on the pitch and playing a team like Agosto,” he said.

“In the second half we tried to encourage them at half time and we saw a different team in the second half but again the game football when the other team scores it gives them the strength to work harder. So I think it’s all about experience those are simple mistakes we can work on,” he added.

Eagles will travel to Angola in a fortnight’s time for the return leg and Chiyangi said that football is a competition anything can happen and went on to call on his players to work hard and account well for themselves in the return match.

“The only thing I can say about assurance is that this is football its competition you never know maybe even them they play well when they travel when we go away the pressure won’t be so much like at home. All we have to do is work hard we have seen the way they are playing and their key players, it all depends on how we apply ourselves when we go to Angola.”

“It’s going to be an uphill battle, the only thing that we have to do is go and play our lungs out but before that we have to prepare and plan well against them and make sure our players are mentally strong because we know there might be some intimidation going on there but in football anything can happen,” He added.

Agosto snatched a 2-1 win at Heroes Stadium to carry an advantage heading into the second leg to be played two weeks from now.

The Return leg is slated for the November 11 Stadium on the 29th September 2019 to decide who progresses to the CAF Champions League Group Stages and who drops to the CAF Confederation Cup.


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