Micho defends Kabaso Chongo: He had a top class game against Algeria
Zambia national team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević has defended his captain Kabaso Chongo who has come under-fire for his performance in the 3 – 3 draw against Algeria.
Speaking to the ZamFoot Crew, Micho described Kabaso’s performance against the Desert Foxes as ‘Top Class’ despite his error that led to Algeria’s third goal and seemed to take away the momentum the Chipolopolo had after coming from two goals down to level 2 – 2.
‘Kabaso Chongo had a top class game, except for that mistake for the third goal, and we know there was no cover for him,” Micho told the ZamFoot Crew.
Micho described Kabaso’s error as morale dampening coming at a critical point in the game.
“In a critical phase after scoring the goal instead of focusing, we had the blunder and conceded,” Micho stated referring to the phase of play that led to the third goal three minutes after Clatous Chama had leveled matters.
“When you are mentally up [after scoring] and coming from 2 nil down coming to 2 – 2, and you concede a third it puts your confidence down but credit to the players they fought like Lions and deserved to score a third,” he added.
The 29 year old national team skipper was playing his first competitive match under Micho. He was expelled from the Chipolopolo camp after the friendly against Kenya in October, 2020.
He consequently missed the the two Africa Cup qualifier against Botswana before he made a return for the Algeria game.
It will be interesting to see what defense combination the Serbian will apply when Zambia play Zimbabwe on Monday 29th March, 2021.
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