The Zambia Under 17 National Football Team has gone down one nil to Guinea in their opening game at the ongoing Under 17 Africa youth championship in Niamey, Niger.
Zambia conceded an own goal in the 24th minute from a corner.
And team coach CHRIS KAUNDA says he has noticed the deficiencies that caused Zambia to go down by a goal to nil at the hands of Guinea last evening.
According to fazfootball.com monitored by ZNBC Sport in Lusaka KAUNDA said his team did not play well in the first half as they were caught ball watching at times.
However, KAUNDA is confident that between now and the next game he can rectify the shortcomings.
And team captain PATSON DAKA says the match against Guinea is now history which the team should only use to better itself for the next game.
Meanwhile, Zambia Under-17 soccer coach CHRIS KAUNDA says he will not give up despite a poor start at the ongoing Africa youth championship in Niger.
KAUNDA says the tournament is still very open.
He says his boys will rise up for the country to win the next game against Niger on Wednesday
KAUNDA explained that his boys found it very difficult to pass the ball to each other as the playing surface was damaged after the other game that saw hosts Niger going down 2-nil to Nigeria.
He says Zambia missed a lot of chances in the second half and were unlucky to concede an own goal.
Last evening’s result puts Zambia on THIRD place in Group A, behind leaders Nigeria and Guinea.
This means the junior Chipolopolo must beat hosts Niger on Wednesday if they are to brighten their chances of marching to the semis.
The top four teams at the junior AfCON will automatically qualify to the Under-17 World Cup to be staged in Chile in October.
Under Seventeen coach Chris Kaunda says he has noticed the deficiencies that caused Zambia to go down by a goal to nil at the hands of Guinea this evening, in a group A match of the Africa Youth Championships in Niger.
Kaunda has told @fazfootball.com in Niger that his lads did not play well in the first as they were caught ball watching at times. However Kaunda is confident between now and the next game he can rectify the shortcomings.
“After we talked to the boys at half time you saw how we played. We missed three good chances but offcourse that is water under the bridge. You can rest assured that we shall play better in the next game” Kaunda told journalists at the end of the match.
And team captain Patson Daka says the match against Guinea is now history which the team should only use to better itself for the next game.
“This match has passed we can only learn our mistakes from it and better ourselves for the next assignment However, we shall not allow this loss to divert our attention from our goal of getting to the semi finals” he added.
Zambia this evening went down by a goal to nil at the hands of Guinea in a Group A match of the 11th edition of the Africa cup which opened today in Niamey, Niger.
The Chipolopolo Youth team had a quite first half that saw them concede an own goal in the 24th minute.
In the second half the team played much better after making two substitutes. Pumulo Siwanga was rested for Kenny Sinkala,while Edwin Chipile was replaced by Gift Sikaonga. The changes almost paid divedends as Zambia took over the match and had three chances being cleared on the line.Patson Daka and Kenny Sinkala watched their kicks yielding nothing in succession in the last ten minutes.
Zambia’s next match is with hosts Niger on Wednesday February 18.