Sven Vandenbroeck is delighted to have won Tuesday’s in friendly away against Gabon but would have preferred such a result in the 2019 AFCON Group K qualifiers.
Chipolopolo beat Gabon 1-0 in Libreville on Tuesday to see the new boss stay unbeaten with a win and a draw from as many games in charge.
The victory came just four days after Zambia rallied to snatch a stoppage time 1-1 away draw against Namibia on September 8 in Windhoek in a 2019 Group K qualifier on the Belgian’s debut.
“First of all, I want to say that I would have rather had an opposite result; a win in the qualification game and a draw in the friendly, but it doesn’t give us pressure but gives us confidence,” Vandenbroeck said.
Vandenbroeck also made wholesale changes to the team for the Gabon game that saw defender Lawrence Chungu and midfielder Salulani Phiri the only two from the starting XI against Namibia to start against Gabon.
“From the basic eleven who started on Saturday, only two started on Tuesday .I made these changes because I wanted to see everyone and especially to see if everyone picked up the principles in training and I think the friendly showed us that everyone did well they played like we trained all week . The playing style was the most positive thing of the game,” Vandenbroeck said.
Striker Justin Shonga, who came off the bench in the 82nd minute against Namibia to equalized in stoppage time, started against Gabon to score his second successive goal in the 16th minute.
Meanwhile, Zambia return to action on October 10 when the hosts Guinea Bissau in Lusaka in a Group K qualifier before travelling to Bissau three days later for the final leg.