U-23 players lacked commitment

George Lwandamina
George Lwandamina

ZAMBIA coach George Lwandamina has attributed the under-23 national team’s early exit from the CAF Africa Championship to lack of commitment from the players.
Lwandamina, who was technical advisor at the tournament in Senegal, said in an interview on arrival at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Monday night that the players’ attitude was not good.
“The attitude that we took to this tournament wasn’t good enough to compete. That’s why we have embarrassed the Zambian people. I am sure with the right attitude we will be able to make amends and try to put smiles on the [faces of the] Zambian people,” he said.
He said it is difficult to point out what really went wrong at the tournament.
“It’s very difficult to say what went wrong. Maybe it’s just the attitude from the boys themselves. They thought that they were already in Rio de Janeiro…forgetting that we [had] one hurdle before Rio,” Lwandamina said.
On next month’s 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals, Lwandamina is optimistic Zambia will perform well in Rwanda.
“Yes, we failed but we cannot crucify everyone who played in that tournament. We just hope that we will be able to prepare well and psyche the boys. Failure is not the end.
“We can only apologise for this failure.
“I am sure we will pick up the pieces and move forward and try not to embarrass the nation.
“ We are equally disappointed but we cannot just fall, we will be able to get up and move,” he said.
He assured the nation that they would prepare adequately for the CHAN tournament.
And under-23 national team coach Fighton Simukonda refused to speak to journalists.