George Lwandamina and Kalusha Bwalya in Kenya
George Lwandamina and Kalusha Bwalya in Kenya

Zambia coach George Lwandamina is mystified by the Under-23 national teams’ poor performance at the ongoing CAF Under-23 Cup in Senegal.

The Zambia under-23 made a miserable debut at the 8-team tournament that also acts at the Africa zone’s Olympic Games qualifiers where the top three advance to the Olympiads.

Zambia lost all three of their Group A matches going down 2-1 to Tunisia, then later squandered a 1-0 halftime lead against South Africa to fall 3-2 before hosts Senegal put them out of their misery with a 2-0 result in their final game.

Lwandamina, who was the technical adviser to the Under-23 team in Senegal, said the teams flop was not a sign of things to come.

“It is difficult to say what really happened, maybe it’s the attitude of the boys they went into the tournament with the thought they had already qualified to Rio,” Lwandamina said upon arrival from Dakar with the team.

The top three teams in the knockout stage qualify to the Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil next Summer.

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  1. A lot of soccer fans have commented on the performance of the teams, and in most aspects they have been right. But what is worrying is that our technical bench up now don.t understand that;
    > Team selection was poor – Putting dwarf players in defense.
    > Preparations were also very poor – no friendly matches to gauge the cohesion of the team.
    > The team was not technical in the system of play – Poor coaching.
    > Poor shots by strikers at the goal.
    There are so many short comings already mentioned by soccer fans, but FAZ and our National coaches don’t listen.
    If you go to “www.zambian football”. soccer fans perspective. look for “Zambia throw back” see the players in the pictures and compare them with the present players that’s when you will know our team selection is poor.



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