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Janza puts up brave face

ROBINSON KUNDA, Niamey, Niger
COACH Honour Janza is upbeat Zambia will qualify for the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations finals despite being held to a barren draw by Niger on Saturday.
“Looking at where we are, we wanted to get three points. Getting a point here I think the weather was a bit challenging but we wanted to get full points from this match,” he said after the match.
Janza said Zambia are still in contention provided players put in 110 percent in the remaining three matches.
The coach, who is yet to win a competitive match, said there is need for the players to believe in themselves.
Janza said the Chipolopolo have no choice but to win the remaining games starting with Wednesday’s return fixture against Niger.
Cape Verde lead Group F with six points, one better than Mozambique, while Zambia and Niger have two points apiece.
And Niger coach Gernot Rohr said the Menas are still in contention for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Rohr said the match in Ndola will be crucial to his team’s qualification for the showpiece.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya said the Chipolopolo deserved to come out of Niger with just a point.
Kalusha said Niger were inspired by their fans and they, just like Zambia, could have scored.
“We also rode our luck and we deserved a point… Given Singuluma hit the post but they [Nigeriens] also created good chances and almost scored, so we rode our luck. Let’s be realistic,” he said.
Kalusha said the team played well in the first half but collapsed in the second half.
And Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Christopher Mulenga said Government will continue supporting the Chipolopolo.
Mulenga said football is big business and Government will support the team despite the poor results.

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