Zambia’s Serbian tactician, Milutin Sredojević has blamed his sides defeat to the cranes of Uganda, to fatigue.
Micho’s Chipolopolo were beaten 2#0 by Uganda on Monday afternoon in Yaoundé, in a day two game of the four Nations Pre_CHAN Tournament ongoing in Cameroon’s capital city.
Ssekajugo Viane’s first half goal and an own goal from goalkeeper Charles Kalumba, were enough for Uganda, as a wasteful Zambia failed to make a comeback.
“It was a match between a fresh team and a tired team. We came into this match 48 hours after we played a tough physical match against Niger, so we played the match with a slight disadvantage.” Micho opined.
“I am very happy with my team, this is a preparation match and results did not reflect what happened on the pitch because in three occasions we hit the post , while Uganda had three chances and scored twice, with the second being an own goal from the Goalkeeper. It is a terrible situation, but it is better to happen now than happens in the competition.”
Zambia wasted several clear cut chances, with Emmanuel Chabula hitting the post and being denied by Goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian. Micho adds that they need to emphasize on their finishing.
“We need to look critically and score better and to also tighten up at the back, to not concede such silly goals the way we did. The truth is that in preparatory matches, you either win or you learn the lessons. We have learned the lessons today”.
Zambia’s defeat came after they had previously surrendered a two goals lead, in their 3#3 draw against Niger over the weekend.
51_year_old Milutin Sredojević says it is work in progress and match by match, they will reach the desired level.
Up next for the Chipolopolo, is a game against Cameroon’s intermediate lions, who also had an unconvincing display against Niger. Both Cameroon and Zambia have just one point each in the ongoing pre_CHAN tournament.
Micho and his boys will play their first game of the CHAN, on January 19, against Tanzania.