Micho Rues Missed Chances in Lesotho Loss
Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says his team failed to put the match beyond doubt in spells when they dominated in their 2-1 loss to Lesotho.
And Lesotho coach Leslie Notsi says the Dikwena accounted themselves very well against Zambia to post a famous victory in a Group A tussle at Wolfson Stadium.
In a post-match interview, said Zambia struggled to translate their dominance into goals.
“Without wishing to be an excuse maker or blame shifter, we have felt the bitter side of football. We have given respect to the opponent but not over-respect, we have self-respected ourselves, we have imposed ourselves very well, opened the game very well in the first half, it was supposed to be more than one goal,” he said.
“…we have created clear cut chances that we did not convert, that were crucial moments in the game, instead of putting the game beyond opponents’ reach we have conceded that goal.”
He added: “In moments of domination, in moments when we have been totally in control of the game and against the run of play, we conceded that goal that has put us in a position that we need to go back to the drawing board and analyse the second half and prepare very well for the game against Eswatini that is supposed to help us to bounce back.”
And Notsi said Lesotho played to their strengths by capitalizing on Zambia’s lapses.
“We are happy, we are satisfied actually, with the way the boys accounted themselves. We knew that it was going to be tough looking at the track record of Zambia, the quality they have in the team, but I believe our plan worked well,” said Notsi.
“The boys accounted themselves very well in terms of addressing the matters that we talked about.”
The Chipolopolo scored through Justin Shonga in the 28th minute while Lesotho hit back through a Motebang Sera brace to reap their first points in Group A.
Lesotho lost 3-1 to Eswatini in their opening fixture.
Group A has South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Zambia.
The Chipolopolo will play Eswatini on Saturday in their second match.