…Coach Nyirenda says Zambia has 12 points to play for which could turn tables in our favour
ZAMBIA is still in contention to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 despite the 1-all draw against Cameroon because it has 12 points to play for which could turn tables, says national soccer team coach Wedson Nyirenda.
Speaking after the Zambia/ Cameroon game at Limbe Omnisport stadium on Saturday, Nyirenda said he was not disappointed with the draw against Cameroon.
He said his boys had shown a lot of character in a difficult game and1 that the team had continued to improve since he took over.
He said Zambia will have to win all the home games and endeavour to do better in away games to qualify for the global showpiece, adding that the first point that the team collected against Cameroon would motivate the players to do more in the remaining fixtures. He said playing away was not easy in any game as the hosts always had an advantage over the visitors and that getting a draw against a team like Cameroon was no mean achievement.
“We are very much in contention for a spot in the 2018 World Cup because we have continued to improve every day. We have 12 points to play for and we have to make sure that we collect maximum points at home and try and perform better when we are away,
“ This was a very difficult game and getting a point against a team like Cameroon at their own home ground is no mean achievement and we want to continue building from that.
“The team is improving in every game. The players showed character and we were at the verge of winning this game if it was not for the referee whose decisions I don’t agree but we will continue working hard. I did not play Fwayo Tembo and this was purely tactical and nothing else; it was tactical,” Nyirenda emphasised.
And team captain Rainford Kalaba said Senegalese referee Diedhiou Malang was biased against Zambia, adding that Zambia would have won the match if the playing field was even.
He said his team was not happy that it drew against Cameroon but said the boys were still determined to qualify to the World Cup and would continue to work hard.
Zambia is at the bottom of group B after Nigeria beat Algeria 3-1 to register a 100 percent winning record in the qualifiers after seeing off a stubborn Zambian squad 2-1 in the opener at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium last month.