Njabulo Ngidi
1 minute read
28 May 2015
1:36 pm

Zambia bounce back, coach happy

Njabulo Ngidi

Zambia coach Honour Janza has praised his club’s reaction from a shocking defeat to Namibia in the quarterfinals of the Cosafa Cup when they thrashed invited guests Ghana. Chipolopolo booked a place in the plate final by beating Ghana 3-0, with all the goals coming in the first half.

Bornwell Mwape of Zambia celebrates his goal with teammates during the 2015 Cosafa Cup Plate Semi Finals match between Zambia and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on the 27 May 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

They will contest the plate against Malawi, who got the better of Bafana Bafana in penalties with a 5-4 victory after the match finished goalless. The plate final will offer the Zambians some solace, knowing that they will return home without the Cosafa Cup having been bundled out of contention by Namibia at Moruleng Stadium.

“What is important for every coach and every team is to get positive results,” Janza said. “I know that we are coming from a painful situation. It’s not good to cry over spilt milk but we had to see what we have to with the other assignments coming up. I am happy that the players reacted positively. For a long time we haven’t scored many goals, it was good that we did it and gives good motivation for the players.

“When they do it, instead of you telling them what they are capable of, their confidence grows. Going forward this is a good result. We failed to defend the Cosafa Cup but we will use this next match to prepare for Chan and the Afcon qualifiers.”