South Africa U-17 national team coach Vela Khumalo heaped praise on the Zambia U-17 national team following the junior Copper Bullets 7-0 demolition of Amajimbos.
Khumalo attributed his teams' loss to the inadequate preparations they had as they camped only for a week prior to the tournament.
Khumalo felt his side could have done better and that the margin was too huge for his side.
“I am actually not happy with the score margin we could have done better.
We conceded 7 goals and as a coach, you cannot be happy about it even though you know that you are playing a team that was assembled for a very long time when we only had one session to prepare and come to the tournament. That’s not an excuse though,” he said.
“We were playing a very good team, they have been in the camp since May and it’s a very long preparation and with us it’s just a week camp so you would think that from what we have selected as a coach, you don’t know that you are playing a team which has been in the camp for so long and we only assembled the boys on the 2nd October, you really need to go back and prepare. However, it is a learning curve for us as I have been saying we are preparing for next year. We are going to have a different team with the same players next year but a different approach because they would have known how a tournament is," he added.
“I think this is the best time for us, that we are preparing now for next year so we need more games like this so that we can prepare better.”
Rickson Ng'ambi scored a brace while Miguel Chaiwa, Joseph Banda, Moses Mulenga, Charles Mumba, and Peter Chikola chipped in with a goal each as Zambia humiliated South Africa 7-0.
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