Chipolopolo midfielder Enock Mwepu says he does not understand why the ex ‘bola na Lesa boys’ lost matches at the Egypt 2019 U-23 AfCON insisting that the team played well despite recording loses.

Mwepu told the media that he kept reminiscing and reflected on how the team fared during the tournament saying Chipolopolo played well and that he could not understand how the team lost.

Mwepu concluded that the Chipolopolo boys both senior and junior level were undergoing a bad phase currently

“Our fans should just understand that it is a bad phase for the national team right now. We are trying to ask ourselves as players to know what could be the reason why we are losing. We are playing well and things are not going our way. A lot of our fans are disappointed, we can only tell them to keep the support and keep praying for us. We know that in football, sometimes you have no luck and I think we had no luck in this tournament. Let the fans keep supporting us, the future is bright for us and we know what we are capable of doing. We are optimistic that in the next tournament at senior level and also for junior tournaments, we will do well and make our fans happy. Fans are for us and without them we are dead. Let them keep supporting us.”

Mwepu says he was further disappointed with the five zero loss that Zambia suffered at the hands of Algeria.

“I can only wish them the best. We are supporting them and we are together in this situation. Whether we win or lose we are together but I am positive that we will win Tuesday’s match. It is quite hard for the team after losing the first game. The score line was really not so good for everybody. Going in the second match, I can only wish the team to stay positive and focussed knowing that the Tuesday game won’t be easy,” he said.

Zambia will host Zimbabwe on Tuesday at National Heroes Stadium in a Group H Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.