Nsabata confident of win in second leg

Zambia U23 captain and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata believes his defenders played a vital role in the goalless draw against Ivory Coast the third round first leg of the 2015 Caf U23 Championship qualification match played at the Stade Robert Champroux on Saturday.

Coach Fighton Simukonda fielded a young but experienced back four in Benedict Chepeshi, Kayawe Kapota, Boyd Mkandawire and Benson Sakala. The quartet were part of the squad which represented Zambia at the 2015 Caf U20 Championship in Senegal and are all currently on the fringes of the senior national team.

Simukonda’s men suffered a setback in the second half when were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card given to Boyd Mkandawire in the 64th minute.

As a result, Simukonda was forced to use a defensive-minded team in the last 20 minutes by withdrawing Ronald Kampamba and Shadreck Malambo for Bernard Mapili and Salulani Phiri in order to yield a desired stalemate.

Zambia will have to avoid a scored draw knowing that victory at Nkoloma Stadium in a fortnight will see them through to the 2015 Caf U23 Championship to be hosted by Senegal in November.

Nsabata who was delighted to keep a clean sheet shared his thoughts with after the match.

The goalkeeper stated that Zambia were resolute and that they were dedicated to qualifying with a win in the second leg.

“Yes will win, according to how we played the game, it will not be hard to win,” said Nsabata.

“Our aim was to score an away goal, but after Boyd Mkandawire got sent off we retreated and started defending.

“We were under pressure in the last 20 minutes but were well organised managed to contain the Ivorians until final whistle,” he said.

The second leg scheduled for the weekend of July 31 to August 2 will be hosted at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.