Coach George Lwandamina has admitted that Gabon gave Zambia a good run in Tuesday evening’s international friendly match played at Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.
Lwandamina’s side surrendered a first half lead to draw 1-1 with Gabon who arrived in Zambia less than two hours before kick-off time.
Skipper Rainford Kalaba’s 21 minute goal was cancelled by a late penalty taken by goalkeeper Moto Bitsek. “Gabon gave us a good run but we were resolute in defence; we denied them chances but they managed to score their goal through a penalty.
“We could have done better but we started with the same players who played in Nairobi,” Lwandamina said.
Zambia played against Gabon just 48 hours after beating Kenya 2-1 in a 2017 Africa Cup qualifier away in Nairobi.
“Playing two games in forty eight hours was not easy for them and I had to make several changes in the second half to avoid muscle cramps,” Lwandamina said.
And Gabon coach Stephane Boungouedza said Zambia were weak in defence.
“Zambia is a very good team but we noticed that their central defenders were slow so we concentrated our play on the wings where we have quick players.That strategy worked well for us because it resulted in us winning a penalty.
“Our initial strategy was to defend but we also observed that our opponent’s finishing was very poor despite their excellent display in build up,” Boungouedza said.