Bwale eyes ‘BIG’ PRIZE
…as Zambia face Mozambique in group A COSAFA
ZAMBIA Under-20 national team coach, Charles Bwale says his eyes are fixed on the COSAFA under-20 title which eluded Zambia in 2017 when the country hosted its maiden youth championship in Kitwe.
Speaking after Zambia redeemed themselves by reaching the semifinals of this year’s edition, Bwale said that his boys have a high chance of reaching the finals noting that they were improving in each game they played.
Bwale however noted that the team needed to improve in the striking force which he observed has been missing a lot of chances.
“It is a good result for Zambia and especially for the boys. It’s unfortunate that we missed a number of chances,”
“We need to improve on certain areas especially on goal scoring because we are having a lot of scoring chances but we are not utilizing them. We would have beaten Congo by five goals or more but we couldn’t do so and we need to sharpen our striking force,” Bwale said.
“We need to do what we are supposed to do which is to win the COSAFA which has been brought here in Zambia. Our eyes are set on that cup,’’ he added.
Zambia progressed to the next round of the 2018 MOPANI Copper Mines COSAFA youth championship after beating group A rivals Congo DR, 2-0 at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe on Thursday.
Midfielder Benson Kolala and two goal hero in Zambia’s 2-nil thumping of Malawi in the first game Prince Mumba scored a goal apiece to propel Zambia to the next round of the COSAFA youth championship with a game to spare.
The Junior Chipolopolo face Mozambique in todays last group A fixture and coach Bwale is hopeful that his boys can redeem Zambia senior teams poor form which has seen them failing to qualify for the 2019 AfCON after loosing home and away to the Mambas of Mozambique. “Our fans are disappointed with the performance of the senior team and they have put hope on our boys and we have it at the back of our mind. We have to impress and put a smile on their faces. We know Mozambique humiliated our senior national team and we have to go with two swords and see what happens,” Bwale said.