Zambia Under-23 coach Fighton Simukonda has lamented his teams’ failure to qualify to the 2015 All-Africa Games.
Zambia were beaten 2-1 at home in Lusaka by Nigeria to bow out by the same aggregate scoreline after a scoreless result in the first leg on March 22 in Abuja.
“I don’t like to make excuses when we lose but we just lost. We created a lot of chances unfortunately we couldn’t convert those chances,” Simukonda said.
“It is bad because everyone in the country is talking about the falling standards of football in the country so we thought this was our chance to start winning.
“It is very painful the way we lost.”
Simukonda now turns his attention to the Senegal 2015 CAF Under-23 Cup qualifiers next month when they await the winner of the preliminary round tie between Kenya and Botswana.