Olympic Games Zambia were not good enough despite Ghana success

Zambia were not good enough despite a 4-3 aggregate win against Ghana in their Olympic qualifying fixture Levy Mwanawansa Stadium thanks to their 1-0 advantage in the first leg.

The former Nchanga Rangers trainer admitted that his team did not play well, citing the midfield as their main weakest link, but he was nonetheless delighted with the result.

“The game was tough and we expected that but we are happy with the result. But looking at the performance, I think we were on and off,” he told a post-match press conference at the Levy Mwanawansa Stadium.

Mwape continued: “We had a problem in the midfield. Most of the time, it was Ghana that was playing in the midfield, but there was nothing that we could have done. Some of our regular players were not there; we’ve got others that have gone for military training and Susan Banda is injured.

“So I think by the time we play the next game, Susan Banda will be there, and of course we will not just sit down; we will be looking for other midfielders who can help the team go forward.”

When asked about the sentiments expressed by some fans that he has reached his limit and can not take the Copper Queens any further, Mwape said, “Most of the time, I don’t [respond to critics]. It’s not even necessary to react to the comments from the fans. They are entitled to their opinions, so I stick to what I know and make sure that I do my job accordingly.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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