By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
FOOTBALL legends have hailed the Beston Chambeshi tutored Zambia Under-23 team for their qualification to the 2019 Egypt Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
In an interview, former Zambia national soccer team coach and player Fred Mwila described the under-23’s qualification as epic.
Mwila said the boys deserved to be applauded for putting up a fight of a warrior because it was not easy to qualify away.
“They are a good team and they deserved to win. I know well, that it’s never easy to qualify on foreign land, but the boys did it. Now the boys have to work harder to achieve that one most target-the Olympics,” he said.
Ex-defender Elijah Tana said the team’s determination to come from behind twice should be admired.
“They are our dream team and indeed delivered in Brazzaville. They showed great team spirit and should continue,” he said.
Retired midfielder Gift Kampamba said the Junior Chipolopolo qualification renewed hope following Zambia’s failed feature at the AFCON senior tournament.
“It is a great feeling and they boys will go far. They have to remain focused and always think about their future,” he said.
Meanwhile, National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ) congratulated the team for a good performance.
“I offer my warmest congratulations to the team for qualifying for the tournament. We are proud of what our young people have achieved and what they are doing to improve the standards of Zambian football on an international stage,” said NOCZ president Alfred Foloko in a statement.