Coach George Lwandamina admits that reaching the quarter-finals of the 2016 African Nations championship (CHAN) in advance negatively affected Zambia’s performance in their final Group D match against Mali that finished score-less in Kigali on Wednesday.
Group D winners Zambia advanced to the last eight of the CHAN with a game to spare after beating Uganda 1-0 and Zimbabwe with an identical score-line in their first two games.
Against Mali at Nyamirambo Stadium, Zambia literally struggled as the West Africans halted their perfect start to the CHAN.
“The players got affected psychologically coming into the game already qualified so it was the most difficulty game,” Lwandamina told a post-match media conference.
Zambia will now face Guinea in the fourth quarter-final tie on Sunday in Rubavu.
Zambia won Group D with seven points, two above runners up Mali.