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Janza calls for calm

By CHISHALA MUSONDA
ZAMBIA coach Honour Janza has said there is no need to panic following the Chipolopolo’s disappointing draw with Mozambique in the opening Group F 2015 Africa Cup qualifier in Ndola on Saturday.
“It was not the result Zambia was looking for,” Janza said in a post-match interview at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
After Saturday’s fixtures, Zambia have one point at par with Mozambique while Cape Verde top the standings following their 3-1 thrashing of Niger, who are bottom of the log.
Janza said the Chipolopolo have the quality and depth needed for them to qualify for the 2015 AfCON in Morocco.
“I thought we were good in the first half with a lot of possession and one or two clear chances to score but we could not put the ball in the back of the net,” he said.
“In a race, sometimes it is not how you start but how you finish. Of course a win would have been the best, we wanted to win; we worked hard to try and shake the net but this is football, anything can happen and today we got a goalless draw.”
Janza bemoaned the poor finishing of the Zambian strikers with Jacob Mulenga denied on close range by goalkeeper Ricardo Campos while Given Singuluma, Rainford Kalaba and Chisamba Lungu wasted their chances.
“We cannot fault the players for the goalless draw. We all tried our best, the players tried their best. This is not about individuals but perhaps we need to change the system; these are the best players we have in Zambia,” Janza said.
And Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya said the draw was undesirable.
“It is a slow start for us but we will get in our stride and bring better days especially for our fans. They deserve our utmost dedication,” he said.
Zambia leave for the Cape Verde today for Wednesday’s second qualifier match.
Mozambique host Niger at Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo on the same day.

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