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Simukonda reflects on CAF Under-23 Cup failure

Sports Simukonda reflects on CAF Under-23 Cup failure

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.


    • Imagine he is talking of beating Senegal who has beaten the two teams that beat us. This kind of dreaming is scary. Just come back

  1. There was no energy to conquer from Zambian players, they were running all over the pitch not tact, no system, no organization…..O no. How can you win anything if you play like that? What system was coach using? Why were the boys not energetic enough to chase bolls. Where was mid field? It was disaster, if you will play football like that in CHAN forget it!

  2. This is was the easiest tornament Zambia has ever participated.The problem was with the coach and probably with the leadership at Faz for interferring in the selection of players for national team.Surely how could you select a useless goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata who was just a beach warmer at the club.The good quality of any goal keeper is on reflex which Nsabata does not possess ,we talked about this last year when he conceded silly goals against Japan.

  3. That team is useless! No system, no energy just kicking the ball in front and running like mad directionless people.

  4. That team is useless! No system, no energy just kicking the ball in front and running like mad directionless people..

  5. The *****s Ackim & Chicken George couldn’t refuse to be second fiddle as Kalu asked, instead they chose to sabotage our tournaments. How else does anyone explain their accepting to be caretaker coaches when Beumelle who was lesser qualified than them didn’t. The stupidity by Ackim & Chicken is not patriotism, its stupidity. You *****s demand for a contract of tenure.

  6. It is now official. Zambia doesn’t have the Local coach who can take us onto the global arena. If we stick to Chicken George expect similar tragedies in the World Cup

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