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Sven upbeat despite defeat

Chipolopolo Boys coach Sven Vandenbroeck was impressed with Zambia’s performance in Sunday’s defeat to Guinea Bissau.

Zambia succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Guinea Bissau in a Group K of the Cameroon CAF 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier on match day four.

With the Black Mambas of Mozambique next in November, there has been a genuine concern from the Chipolopolo faithful in the last 24 hours that Zambia might miss out on the qualification to Africa’s biggest football showpiece.

But the Belgian born coach arrayed those fears.

“I think the performance of our team was positive, only the result we got was not what we wanted. But it is a good thing to work on the future, to continue.

” I am convinced of the way working at this moment. I am sure that the way we keep going will bring us the two results we need in March and November.”

“We said four or six (points) was our target after the two window game, we have come back with three out of six. We had on Wednesday a good game, yesterday (Sunday) the performance was less,” he said.

In Bissau, Zambia hit  the target twice, one more less than Guinea and that came in the first 12 minutes.

For over 78 minutes, Zambia didn’t not test the Guinea goalkeeper.

Enock Mwepu’s and Justin Shonga’s effort was the only time Zambia hit the target

“But if you see the end on Wednesday, they (Guinea Bissau) had one shot on target, yesterday (Sunday) two but in the end they won.”

“Confidence, conviction and believing ourselves, because what I felt in our home game, we feel very strong, maybe in the away game we missed this little confidence and calm on the ball to play our game. If we can improve that in November, we have a big chance to get these three points in Mozambique.”

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21 Comments to Sven upbeat despite defeat

  1. Naijaguy8 says:

    Sorry guys,.looool.
    Cosafa is where you belong

  2. Naijaguy says:

    Sorry guys.

    Cosafa is where you belong

  3. Paddy says:

    What’s the situation about Brian Mwila’s absence? I could be wrong but I think he’s probably our best striker.

  4. Cj says:

    I alwz wonder why some pipo continue talking headlessly. Sometimes let us jst enjoy the game objectically. Enwayz, I understand, it’s not easy, even Spain can’t manage to maintain their emotions, thinking they are immortal. Sorry, football wldnt b interesting. Not in this era, Jst look into your mirror and reflect. U will game more than u lose. Spain 2-3 England.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Zambia is out of afcon wait for cosafa next year.

  6. Go chipolopolo go says:

    Brian mwila, mbola, donnashona malama, fashion sakala and rodrick kabwe. I think if we bring back these star zambia can shine in maputo. Kalaba has vast exprience should start ahead of skillfull chama.

  7. David Chawinga says:

    Even if you are to win the remaining matches Mr Coach, you ought to realize that winning along wont guarantee us qualification.your team needs to score more goals in order for us us to have realistic chances of qualifying.Goal difference will have to come into play whether you like it or not.

  8. Wiza Andile says:

    Ella guys lets analyze bout mweene s performance


    Zambian football at crossroads.currently We have a very good team and relatively young.If We can pull this one and sneak in to AFCON Finals believe You me that We can even win the cup.The hurdle is tricky.Bring back Mbola and DONOSHANO MALAMA together with Ziyo Tembo.once We seal left and right backs. We will be back and beat any team.

  10. STUMPY says:

    I think I saw another game.

  11. Tony mash says:

    I am writing this article on behalf of emmanuel mbola for progress sake. The combination of discipline, commitment ,determination and direction is the major key of success to every player. most of our boys lack the abovementioned but they have the talent. I attribute this to poor management. This has subjected our boys to cheap labour and treated as second fiddle. On the issue of emmanuel needs to be addressed to the public. Which crime did he commit which is unforgivable. I am appealing to the coach , the technical crew and who ever is involved in this dismissal of mbola to reconsider their emotional decision. The issue of barring and dismissing its really affecting the performance of the team. Some of the stars in this team were dropped by previous coaches and on the issue of foreign based players most these players they have already done their national duty and have exposure. They can easly fit into system. Eg malama kabwe, mbola, and ziyo tembo . The coach does not need a rocket scientist to tell you that you are an experiment with wrong apparators. Players should be called up for national duty on merit not on favouritism and for marketing purpose . I will give you my full support if some drastic changes has been done.

  12. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    We will qualify that is that. The players now know what is at steak. GB is not a small team. They depend on players playing in France and Portugal. Can be a small country but have done their home work. Coach invite Musonda Junior to our current team. Him and Mwepu are the keys

  13. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    at stake

  14. slim says:

    @ Kafusha… which Musonda jnr are u referring to?! Charlie junior forget, he wants to play for Belgium. There is an boy Frankie Chisenga Musonda a defender at Luton Town.Profile:
    Date of birth: Dec 1997
    Age: 20
    Height: 1.83m
    Nationslity: England/Zambia
    Position: Defender
    This boy should be approached and invited to play for Zambia.But if our friends at football house adopt the snails approach, we stand to lose out

  15. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:


    States clear that the boy is both Zambian and Belgium that is what his Nationality states

    His message is that he can play for Zambia and that is that

  16. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    Dual citzenship is there why stop him. He is big and has mad his mind better play for Zambia than aba lun ngwana

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