AFCON

Janza: Draw motivated Zambia

2015-01-19 11:57
Honour Janza (Gallo Images)

Ebebiyín - Despite their disappointing 1-1 stalemate against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia head coach Honour Janza says his charges are motivated by the result despite dropping two points in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opening clash.

Chipolopolo and the Leopards shared the spoils in their Group B encounter played at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín on Sunday.

Given Singuluma gave the 2012 winners a dream start to the campaign with an early goal inside the first five minutes before Yannick Bolasie levelled matters after the interval.

Janza also hinted that their game plan was to unsettle the Leopards by playing more in their territory to see the Central African giants’ response.

“Our game plan was put them under pressure by playing more in their own half, especially in the opening half of the game,” Janza told reporters in a post-match conference.

“We did that so we could see how they will react because we haven’t played DR Congo in a long time.

“Honestly, we didn’t know how they would approach the game and our plan helped us to get an early goal.

“An early goal was the best for us because I think it motivated our boys to believe that in football everything is possible.

“In football it’s all about the determination and character you express on the pitch.

“I think our young boys now believe that age doesn’t matter in football.

“We are now feeling more motivated heading to the next game.” 

Zambia’s next assignment will be against Tunisia at Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín on Thursday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00 (SA time).

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