Nyirenda not worried despite Ethiopia friendly draw

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda does not believe Saturday’s draw against Ethiopia is a reflection of what is to come in next weekends 2018 CHAN final round, first leg qualifier away against Bafana Bafana.

Ethiopia held Zambia to a 0-0 draw at Woodlands Stadium in a pre-CHAN qualifier friendly match in Lusaka.

Augustine Mulenga,Ernest Mbewe and Ziyo Tembo all had great chances wasted in the first half while John Chingandu also wasted great opportunity in the last 15 minutes of the second half.

The draw also halted Zambia’s two-match winning run that saw Chipolopolo down Swaziland 4-0 away and 3-0 at home in July in a 2018 CHAN first round qualifier.

“We scored four goals in Swaziland and we were not at home,” Nyirenda said.

“It was a very good test match. Ethiopia were playing almost the same type of game like South Africa who also enjoy playing a passing game.

“I think it was good for us. We played well, we had a few shortcomings which we have to work on but that will be done in training.”

Zambia face Bafana Bafana on August 12 in East London before hosting the South Africans at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on August 19 to decide who goes through to next year’s CHAN tournament in Kenya.

         

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