But for Katongo and Chansa, the Chipolpolo would not have reached the last eight at CHAN 2016 in Rwanda.
Credit must be given where it is due and as such, Katongoâ€™s head must not be put on the chopping board for missing the first spot kick against Guinea.
Luck was just not on our side, and we have to admit that we do not have sharp shooters upfront. I am sure the absence of former Zesco hit man and FAZ/MTN 2016 top scorer Winston Kalengo is felt now. Can the technical bench cast its net wider in search of strikers.
Preparations must start now. We donâ€™t need to wait for 2018. Let us look for talent from the lower leagues now that the elite Premier League has failed us.
The exit was painful but this is football and only one winner was needed.
All we can do is to give the boys a pat on the back. Great nations like Cameroon and Tunisia failed to reach where we reached.