Acting Chipolopolo coach George “Chicken” Lwandamina has admitted that Zambia laboured to eliminate the Brave Warriors of Namibia from the 2016 CHAN qualifiers.
Zambia redeemed themselves in the 2016 CHAN qualifiers following a 6-5 post-match penalty home win over Namibia on Saturday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
The game was decided on post-match penalties after Zambia’s 2-1 home win saw the match tied 3-3 on aggregate to force a shootout decider.
“We are all happy. For sure even yourselves (journalists) are happy as Zambians,” Lwandamina said.
“The players worked hard for this victory and I am sure it will inculcate the much needed confidence in our players,” he said.
Zambia’s win also saw them avenge two successive defeats at the hands of Namibia after losing 2-1 in the first leg on June 21 and 5-4 on post-match penalties in the 2015 Cosafa Cup quarterfinals on may 24 in South Africa.
“This victory will restore confidence in our players; they played under a lot of pressure after losing twice to the same team (Namibia) this year,” Lwandamina added.
Zambia will now face Mozambique in the final CHAN qualifying round