Coach Fighton Simukonda has bemoaned Zambia’s 2-1 loss to Tunisia in the two sides opening Group A match at the CAF Under-23 Cup in Senegal.

In a post-match interview, Simukonda said the loss to Tunisia means Zambia must now win their last group phase matches to advance further in the competition.

“We regret that we have lost the game. We had chances to score but at the end of day Tunisia were lucky and they scored,” he said.

“After losing to Tunisia, we have to go back to the drawing board and make sure that we win the two remaining games in order to stay in contention,” Simukonda said.

He believes Zambia could have beaten Tunisia.

“We could have also carried the day. The game was 50-50 but Tunisia used their last chance and they scored.”

Zambia’s next match is on Tuesday against South Africa before facing hosts Senegal on Friday.

Tunisia and Senegal are joint group leaders after winning their respective opening games on Saturday.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Its seems we are psychologically defeated before we even play North African teams at all soccer levels.. We need to change our mentality if we are going to over come the likes of Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria… Don’t we have psychologists in the team?

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  2. I also do not agree that those huge, bearded Tunisian players were under-23. They could be some but the majority looked over-age.

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    • The Tunisians are the right age. If you go to Europe and Ameica you even find boys of the same age bigger than that. There is a problem of stunting in Zambia, please read about it. This small stature of Zambians even denied some people like Emmanuel Zulu a chance to play in Europe.

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  3. “but at the end of day Tunisia were lucky and they scored,” he said. Tunisia were not lucky they applied pressure and Zambia cracked. Zambia need to work on ball possession
    All of you fans should Stop looking for excuses. Those Tunisians were under-23. Balalya bwino while you guys are feeding your kids on bread alone

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  4. Effects of diet and genes. Most Zambians are genetically small. Coupled with malnourished feeds which is wide-spread in Zambia, it makes the situation even worse.

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  5. Thoese Of Us Who Hv Watched Great Players Like Dick Chama/bernad Chanda /jerico Nshinde/ackim Musenge/asosh Melu/ Sabastan Ngungu Ask Kalusha U Dont Bragge In Football Like Boxing Thease Small Boys Ba Sate Sate Too Much Boasting Nga Baingisha Fye Kamo Kwati Bakalaingisha Kwabula Golie Muleteka Imitima Pakuteya Again Fittiness Takuli Becose U Take Them Ku Ma Hotel Lazing Around Porter Field Took Them To Maamba Climb Heals Arabs Train In Sand Lastly Be Cool Like Challie Musonda/ Jonstone Bwaalya Lekeni Kulandalanda Baiche Mbola Ni Panshi Ok

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  6. The team was disorganised, lacked skill and accurate ball passing. This is typical of zambian football. Tunisia went into the the with a calculated system and they showed it by their dominance and ball possession. We need to stop playing the game of clearing and kicking the ball anyhow. Simukonda! You deserve to resign you are not training your boys well. Which football are u teaching them?

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  7. ZAMBIA BEATEN BY RSA CLEAN GAME. TECHNICALLY RSA WAS 70% BETTER THAN US. ITS A GUD LITMUS IT SHOWED POOR APROACH BY THE COACH & PLAYERS TOWARDS THE GAMES SIGNIFIED BY POOR PASSES,BALL TRAPING,AIMLESS HIGH BALLS,UNCOODINATED POSITIONING. THIS WAS THE OPPOSITE TO RSA. WAY FORWARD IS TO __EMPLOY A FOREIGN COACH URGENTY

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