Coach Wedson Nyirenda has attributed Zambia’s 1-0 to Mozambique in the 2019 Africa Cup Qualifiers Group K match on Saturday in Ndola to lack of passion and commitment among his players.
Mamba’s Stanley Ratifo scored the only goal of the match in the 90th minute as Mozambique stunned Chipolopolo at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
This was the first victory for Mozambique over neighbours Zambia.
“They (Mozambique) deserved to win because there was no passion and responsibility from our players,” said Nyirenda.
“It is the most disappointing performance we have had.Mozambique were all over us and they were the better team on the day,” he sad.
Nyirenda is promising to make changes to his squad.
“When I came in, the main objective was to rebuild the team and that is what we are doing. Soon we will have more new faces in the team. To sum it all, I don’t know why there was no passion from my players today.”
Nyirenda is also upbeat Zambia can bounce back from the poor start and make it to Cameroon.
“We may be down but we have time to recover, although we have to make a lot of strides in order to recover. We have COSAFA, CHAN and World Cup matches to play which means we that we will be able to try out new things,” he said.
Zambia is bottom of Group K following Guinea Bissau’s 1-0 over Namibia in the other group match on Saturday.