Lwandamina happy with friendly result

George Lwandamina
George Lwandamina

Zambia coach George Lwandamina is satisfied with Tuesday’s friendly result against Gabon.

The 2017 Africa Cup hosts came from one-down at halftime to finish 1-1 away with Zambia at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.


Lwandamina fielded the exact starting XI that faced Kenya just 48 hours earlier in Nairobi in a 2017 Group E qualifier that Zambia won 2-1 before making five changes at the break.

“They gave us a good run which is good for the boys and we have picked a few points and we have to work on those,” Lwandamina said.



Lwandamina later rested defenders Stopilla Sunzu and Aaron Katebe for Buchizya Mfune and Christopher Munthali respectively while striker Collins Mbesuma came off for Friday Samu.

Rainford Kalaba, goal scorer against Gabon, was replaced by midfielder Lubambo Musonda while striker Winston Kalengo came off for his Zesco United attacking partner Jackson Mwanza.

Home-based players Samu, Mwanza, Mfune and Munthali did not see any action against Kenya.

“Playing two games in 48 hours took a toll on the boys,” Lwandamina said.



“They tried their level best; that’s why I pulled out a lot of them to save them from possible injuries.

“But we have a starting point. I know exactly where we went wrong.

“Once we convene again we know where to start from. A starting point has been created already, which is good for us.”


Zambia regroup next month when the domestic-based team returns to action in the 2016 Caf African Nations Championship qualifiers on October 17 to host Mozambique in a final round, first leg match in Lusaka.

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