Beston Chambeshi has admitted that the COSAFA Cup should be taken seriously and that it is no longer a developmental tournament.
Chambeshi’s home-based, make-shift team was humbled by record six-time winners Zimbabwe who beat them 4-2 in extra-time after a 2-2 draw in the final in South Africa played at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on June 9.
Chipolopolo struggled to beat Namibia in the quarterfinals that they eventually won 4-3 on post-match penalties after a scoreless draw against an opponent who had a strong team made up of their key foreign-based and 2018 CHAN players for the tournament
Zambia followed this up with a convincing 1-0 win over an ambitious Madagascar whom they failed to add at least five more goals in the semifinals before Zimbabwe showed them how it is done in the final.
“Now the COSAFA Cup is not a developmental tournament, the tournament has grown,” Chambeshi conceded.
“Now each and every team wants to win that tournament.
“Madagascar gave us a good run that knocked out the hosts South Africa (in the quarterfinals) and they were determined to reach the final.
“Zimbabwe had a strong squad with over five players from the South Africa PSL who are their pillars.”
Meanwhile, the COSAFA Cup was the end of Chambeshi’s mandate as stand-in coach after filling-in following the resignation of Wedson Nyirenda on May 24.