Losing to Ethiopia 2-1 is a difficult result to swallow, Zambia assistant coach Lucky Msiska has conceded.
Ethiopia delivered the knockout blow on Zambia today in Dar-es-Salaam to eliminate Dario Bonetti’s side from this year’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The defeat left Zambia’s 6-0 crushing of Somalia last Friday a mare distance mirage after Ethiopia’s dominating display against their opponents as frustrated Zambia was reduced to 10-men after midfielder Thomas Nyirenda was showed his second yellow card of the day.
“It is sad that we lost because we wanted to go all the way,” Msiska said from Dar-es-Salaam after the game. “We are disappointed; it is a difficult result to understand.”
Ethiopia punished Zambia with two first half goals to confine their opponent to a second successive elimination from the last eight of the Cecafa Cup after Zanzibar also did so last year.
Goals from Tesfaye Alebachew and Omodi Okwary in the 17th and 37th minutes respectively stunned Zambia whose consolation goal was scored by Felix Sunzu Junior in the 58th minute who exited the tournament on five goals.
Meanwhile, Zambia is tentatively expected back in the country on Wednesday but that is subject to seats being available on the Zambezi Airlines.