Zambia’s AFCON Dream Not Shocking-Renard
Zambia’s performance in Group A should not surprise anyone said Herve Renard as Zambia headed into this Saturdays quarterfinals unbeaten.
Renard’s team, with two wins and one draw from Group A, handed Equatorial Guinea their first defeat at the Africa Cup via a 1-0 win in both sides final group game in Malabo on Sunday evening.
A lone goal from Chris Katongo in the 67th minute settled this duel between Zambia and Equatorial Guinea to see both sides secure their last eight passages.
Renard said he was pleased to have finished top of Group A to see Zambia secure their second consecutive quarterfinal appearance since the 2010 tournament in Angola.
“Maybe it is surprise to some people but it wasn’t a surprise to us,” Renard said at the post-match press conference in Malabo.
“We came to finish first but it was a difficult target. Now we have to concentrate because absolutely Zambia deserves to go to the semifinals for the first since 1996.”
The team finished top on 7 points, Equatorial Guinea are second on 6 points while Libya and Senegal have been eliminated on 4 and zero points respectively.
Zambia will travel back to Bata on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s quarterfinal tie against the runner-up from Group B which will be decided on Monday night.
Group A leaders Cote d’Ivoire will take on Angola who are second in their group in a battle for first and second place in Malabo.
The 1992 champions have six points from two games while Angola has four with a draw tonight enough to see them finish first and second respectively.