Chipolopolo head trainer Herve Renard says he has 100 per cent confidence in his goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
The Zambia trainer has brushed aside some media assertions that Mweene was to blame for the 3-2 defeat to Cameroon, stating that for every player’s mistake he took responsibility.
He called for unity and support from all stakeholders, asserting that despite not getting the desired result against Cameroon, qualification to the next round was still within reach of the Chipolopolo.
“Please don’t go and write that I have 98 per cent confidence in my goalkeeper. I have 100 per cent confidence because he is good.
Why do you want to attack one player?” he said adding “When we win, we win as a team and when we draw we draw as a team and even when we lose, we lose as a team. For now, we’re focusing on the game against Gabon.
We know that with a win in that match, we qualify.”
“Just a few months ago, you were attacking Jacob Mulenga, the man of the match against Cameroon and leading scorer with two goals in the finals here.
"What has happened today? You’re not attacking Jacob anymore?” Renard told Zambian journalists in a post-training interview at the Zambia team hotel in Benguela.
The journalists asked the coach whether Mweene would apologise for the goals against the Indomitable Lions.
They alleged that people in Zambia were demanding an apology from the South African-based keeper.
However, Renard stated that the team was one unit and did everything together.
“If you want to blame any player, blame me for all their mistakes. Leave the player alone because they’re working very hard. The team is good and we just need to work to get the result against Gabon. We know it will be difficult but we have to qualify,” Renard said.
He added: “When people are in difficulty, it is not the time to attack or criticise, you have to support them.”