Zambia coach Dario Bonetti and team captain Chris Katongo were united today in saying that the three points for the team were more important than the score line after the sides emphatic win over Comoros in the two teams 2012 Africa Cup Group C qualifying match at Nkoloma stadium in Lusaka.
Zambia routed Comoros 4-0 to top Group C on three points two more than Mozambique and Libya who drew 0-0 in Maputo today on match day one in their pool.
The match was delayed for 24 hours due to the late arrival of the four match officials from Eritrea who incurred flight connection problems in transit to Zambia from Asmara on Friday.
“I don’t think so it was just important to win and respect the opponent,” Bonetti said in a post-match interview at Nkoloma stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.
“And today we won and we were had the better game than our opponents. There was a difference in quality between the team.It was important win and easy.”
Meanwhile, Katongo said the team was delighted with the good start in the qualifiers as the race to reach the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea tournament in 24 months begins to gather momentum after the good result against Comoros in Group C.
“The three points was the most important thing,” Katongo said at Nkoloma.
“This the first game of the qualifiers and so when you get three point it is more important than the goals. Yes, of course, three-four-nil is OK but three points is important to the Zambian people.”
Meanwhile, Zambia took a 3-0 lead into the break of their convincing performance in Lusaka through goals from Rainford Kalaba, Fwayo Tembo and James Chamanga in the 6th, 22nd and 27th minutes respectively.
72nd minute substitute Emmanuel Mayuka who came on for Fwayo completed Zambia’s good day at the office with the fourth goal in the 87th minute.
Dario and his side travel to Tripoli next month to face second placed Libya during the weekend of October 9-10.