ROBINSON KUNDA, Woodlands Stadium, Lusaka
ZAMBIA 0 ETHIOPIA 0
NATIONAL team coach Wedson Nyirenda has branded fans unpatriotic for supporting Ethiopia during yesterday’s international friendly that ended goalless in front of a capacity crowd.
The fans booed the Chipolopolo, who were blunt at goal, and backed the Ethiopians.
Nyirenda and his boys were using the match to prepare for Saturday’s Kenya Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) final round against South Africa set for East London.
He said in an interview at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka yesterday that the conduct of the fans is unacceptable.
“These fans are no longer supporting the team. I think fans will always be fans. I don’t know what they want to see because we played a very good game. If they do not support their team, who are they going to support? All they [fans] needed was a goal,” Nyirenda said.
Nyirenda said he is not worried about his blunt strike force ahead of the clash against Bafana Bafana.
“I am not worried that we did not score today [yesterday]….we scored four goals in Swaziland. It was a wonderful game for us…a very good warm-up for us. I think we have seen what we wanted to see.
“We have tried our players we have seen some cohesion and we are now coordinating. We have created a lot of scoring chances but we haven’t put the ball behind the net. That’s the only thing we haven’t done,” he said.
Zambia’s best chance came in the 79th minute when Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemel Bushura spilt Justin Shonga’s free-kick but Kondwani Mtonga shot wide.
John Ching’andu also dragged his shot wide in the 69th minute with Bushura beaten.
Meanwhile, South Africa have suffered a setback after ten players withdrew from the squad.
Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and AmaZulu alongside National Division outfit Highland Park have all recalled their players.
According to Kickoff.com, the Bafana Bafana technical bench is working on finding replacements.
The players are Boalefa Pule, Ayabulela Konqobe (AmaZulu), Michael Morton and defender Mothobi Mvala (Highland Park), Siyabonga Nhlapo, Denwin Farmer, midfielders Cole Alexander and Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport), Tercious Malepe and Riyaad Norodien from Pirates.