We will attack Congo – Chambeshi

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Zambia Under-23 coach Beston Chambeshi says he is wary of the threat posed by the Congo Brazzaville side in the second leg of the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

And Congo Brazzaville coach Jean Ngoye said his team had travelled for a draw but would rebound at home from the 2-1 defeat in the first leg.

During the post-match press conference at National Heroes Stadium, Chambeshi said the Congolese Ombandza Mpea kept the Congolese in the game with his crucial saves.

“For sure it was the first leg at home and I am happy at least we have managed to pick a win from this game. It was not an easy game,” Chambeshi said.

“We played very well especially in the first half, we played attacking football but we missed a lot of chances, we should have buried the game but that is how football is.”

The 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup winning gaffer said the Congolese opted to park the bus after having equalized in the 46th minute.

“In the second half we allowed a goal and gave the opponents a chance to park the bus. We know they had to make sure they had numbers, we could not penetrate that defence. Otherwise we managed to fight to the last whistle and we scored the winning goal which is good for the team,” he said.

Chambeshi said Zambia will seek to attack in the away fixture in Pointe Noire on Sunday.

“In Congo the game will be an open game, they will come to look for a goal. The way I look at them, maybe something will come out good for us because it will be an open game. There is no team which will be defending. We have to go and attack,” he said.

Meanwhile Ngoye said Congo would be stronger at home.

“I am very cautious about the return game. Zambia is like a sleeping snake, anytime the snake can raise the head and bite you. We cannot say much but I will do my best to ensure that the team puts up a good performance in the return leg,” he said.

Zambia beat Congo Brazzaville 2-1 in the first leg with Fashion Sakala netting a brace before a filled to capacity National Heroes Stadium.

President Edgar Lungu joined hundreds of fans in cheering the crowd-favoured BolaNalesa boys.

Zambia travels to Congo on Friday.

Top three teams at the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in November qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.



Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi)

Prosper Chiluya (Kabwe Warriors), Shemmy Mayembe, Solomon Sakala (both Zesco United), Field Kandela (Kabwe Warriors), Kebson Kamanga (Zanaco), Moses Nyondo (Nkana)

Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United-RSA), Enock Mwepu (Red Bull Salzburg), Biston Banda, Ngosa Sunzu (both Buildcon), Emmanuel Banda (KV Oostende-Belgium), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Kings Kangwa (Arsenal Tula-Russia), Boyd Musonda (Sfaxien-Tunisia)

Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg-Austria), Fashion Sakala (KV Oostende-Belgium), Mwiya Malumo (Urlam-England), Lameck Banda (Arsenal Tula-Russia)


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