Chipolopolo coach Patrice Beaumelle impressed with Zambia’s perfomance against Japan. Zambia National Soccer team coach Patrice Beaumelle has said that he was impressed with Zambia’s performance in an international friendly match against Japan.
Speaking to the media at a press briefing, Beaumelle said despite losing by a goal, the Chipolopolo boys deserved to be praised for a job well done.
He added that no one was to be blamed for the 4-3 loss against Japan adding that the loss was a call for hard work.
Beaumelle also defended goal keeper Toaster Nsabata against been labeled a reckless goal keeper by the fans.
“Nsbata did his level best. The match between Zambia and Japan was his first full time game in the goal.” he explained.
Legendary goal keeper Kennedy Mweene missed the Japan match, which was played in Florida USA, due to an hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Beaumelle dispelled rumours suggesting that defender Stophila Sunzu was the new national team captain.
“Chris is still the captain. I think I must explain something here. Chris has two assistants; Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala.” Beaumelle said.
The chipolopolo trainer further clarified that Sunzu had replaced Mweene and not Katongo.
Last week rumours spread in some sections of the online media that Sunzu was the new Chipolopolo captain, replacing katongo.