Zambia has what it takes to qualify for AFCON 2015, Janza

Chipolopolo striker Jacob Mulenga Simao Mate of Mozambique
Chipolopolo striker Jacob Mulenga Simao Mate of Mozambique

Zambia national football team coach Honour Janza says his team has the manpower capable of qualifying to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations despite being held to a goalless draw in a Group F qualifying match played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, yesterday.


Janza told in a post match interview that his players were among the best in Zambia and that they had the qualities to see them through the qualifying campaign.


“We cannot fault the players for the goalless draw. We all tried our best, the players tried their best.


“  This is not about individuals but perhaps we need to change the system; these are the best players we have in Zambia,” Janza said.


“In a race, sometimes it is not how you start but how you finish. Of course a win would have been the best, we wanted to win; we worked hard to try and shake the net but this is football, anything can happen and today we got a goalless draw.”


And Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya said the result in Saturday’s match was undesirable adding that the Chipolopolo needed to do better in upcoming matches.


“It was not the result Zambia was looking for,” Kalusha said.


“I thought we were good in the first half when we had lots of possession; we had one or two clear chances, but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.


“The longer the match went on , you could see Mozambique getting more comfortable. But this is just the beginning. We have to up our game and work on finishing.


“It is a slow start for us but we will get in our stride and bring better days especially for our fans. They deserve our utmost dedication,” he said.


The result means Zambia is second in Group F with a single point behind Cape Verde who lead the group on three points after they defeated Niger 3 – 1in Niamey.


Zambia’s next match is against Cape Verde on Wednesday, September 10 and is scheduled for Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia.


Mozambique host Niger Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo on the same day.