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.