Bwale eyes ‘BIG’ PRIZE

…as Zam­bia face Mozam­bique in group A COSAFA

Daily Nation Newspaper - - SPORT - By MICHAEL MIYOBA

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.

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