Coach Fighton Simukonda says the Zambia Under-23 squad is disappointed with its elimination from the ongoing 2015 CAF Cup in Senegal.
Zambia’s dream of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil is over after losing their second consecutive match at the CAF Under-23 Cup in Senegal.
The Junior Chipolopolo on Tuesday evening lost 3-2 to South Africa to exit the CAF Championship where top three teams will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.
In a post-match interview, Simukonda told journalists that Zambia wanted to at least reach the semi-finals of the CAF Under-23 Cup.
“Everybody is disappointed in our team,” he said.
“First half we played so well and we thought we were going to finish them in the second half.
We slept in the second half and gave South Africa room to play,” he said.
Zambia launched the campaign with a 2-1 loss to Tunisia on Saturday prior to losing to South Africa.
” We came here to reach the top four but luck was not with us,” Simukonda added.
Zambia is now scheduled to conclude their Senegal outing with a formality matcg against the host nation.
Senegal are already in the semi-finals after beating South Africa and Tunisia in their opening Group A games.
“Of course we have to win the last match but we are not taking things lightly,” Simukonda said.