Nyirenda Warns Against Complacency

Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda says his team will not go to sleep after having beaten Uganda 3-1 in their opening Group B match at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

And Uganda coach Sebastian Desabre said it was not easy for him to chalk up a victory after having taken over the Cranes job in the last 10 days.

During a post-match press conference, Nyirenda said the 3-1 win over Uganda was behind and would now focus on the next two matches.

“Winning today is just the first game, we cannot go to sleep and think we have already qualified. We have three points apiece with Namibia and the race is still open,” said Nyirenda.
“This is a marathon, which means we all have two games to go, therefore we can only think about being qualified after playing the third game.”

He added: “We are not going to relax, I believe the way Uganda is playing, and we should not be surprised to find them qualifying because we have seen the way they are playing. Any other team can qualify.”

The coach paid tribute to his players for having withstood the bombardment from the Cranes in the first half.

“The first half was all for Uganda, they controlled the game. They played very well, well organized and they kept the shape. We were nowhere to be seen,” he said.
“My team did not believe in themselves in the first 20 minutes. Uganda could have scored in the first 10 minutes. We showed some character we did not concede in the first 10 minutes,” he said.

Nyirenda also paid glowing tribute to Kambole who made his competitive debut in Chipolopolo colours.

“There is nothing that gives a coach a lot of pleasure than when you believe in a player and you give him a chance and he responds in such a way. I think this is a big plus even to the other players,” said Wada of Kambole.
“This is his debut, he scored us a beauty of a goal in a friendly against Orlando Pirates last week. The boy is building his confidence more and more. All we need as coaches is to believe in what we see. The young man has a lot to show to this world.”

Kambole was named Man of the Match after having scored a goal and provided an assist for the second goal to crown a dream debut.

Zambia took command of Group B with a 3-1 win that saw goals from Kambole, Augustine Mulenga and Fackson Kapumbu cancel out Derrick Nsibambi’s goal for Uganda.

Zambia will next face Ivory Coast on Thursday in the second group match before concluding their pool matches next Monday.
In the other Group B match Namibia stunned Ivory Coast whom they beat 1-0.

(Source: FAZ Media)


  1. kumbwa zulu

    Football needs confidence and trust in the team we have at hand. Let us not be discouraged by the loss but rather we should continue supporting until the third game is played.
    Chipolopolo we can still make it just pull up your socks guys.

  2. Mwale Clifford

    Go Zambia Go chipolopolo

  3. Hotness

    Please mr nyirenda talk to your boys to be disciplined enough as they take on Ivory coast on Thursday.

  4. nathcecy

    Lets go Zambia let’s go we are behind u chipolopolo

  5. Jinbao

    The coach should learn to read the game and make adjustment with no time not watching like a supporter while his team is slow and loosing position and expected to get played for that and free air tickets we tired of calculations am not happy with that game dispute a win please improve chipolopolo

  6. mpezeni

    good job coach

  7. womba

    with God all things are possible

  8. Hotness

    Guys take it easy and be focused, you will beat ivory coast.

  9. Hotness

    Congratulations chipolopolo.

  10. Gabriel

    Well done Zambia

  11. RB

    The land is theirs the cup is ours.

  12. elvis

    Go Zambia Go we are behind you boys

  13. chipscchips

    Thanks boys, you really motivate us go through lvory coast 2–0

  14. Richard

    Bola nalesa, Go Chipolopolo Boyz

  15. Gloria Chichi

    Working together for a common goal.

  16. Esaya Zulu

    Guys continue and we are going to harmer ivory coast on Thursday 2_1

  17. Tata

    I think let us work on kapumbu his defending is so worring.

  18. James mphande claps

    We are behind u coach make sure they beat ivory coast not that happen in the first half during Zambia vs uganda, go chipolopolo go Zambia 2 ivory coast 1

  19. Thomas


  20. HARD

    Well organized team,the team need confidency

  21. Kennedy sapp

    Nice plyd chipolopolo!! But b strong and have confidence!! Don’t underlet other players!! I pray to God that u will come with a cup in Jesus name!!!

  22. Hotness

    Tata ,I agree with you. The technical bench should work on the left back where kapumbu operates from.

  23. Royd

    Zambia is a good team I believe Zambia who win even next game

  24. harawa

    guys be organized learn to communicate with each other and enerst mbewe continue with the same spirit zambia 2-0 ivory coast

  25. Gift

    no one can mention the speeding of the bullet from the guns and the same speed we wan’t to the team to over come the biggest animal with a small

    copper bullet to gun down the elephant

  26. Darius Johns

    Go Chipolopolo go! We will make it

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