Zambia national team assistant coach Numba Mumamba admitted the loss to Zimbabwe on Tuesday in their second match of the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier has dented their chances of qualifying to the tournament.
Despite accepting the reality of how complicated the Chipolopolo boy's qualification journey will be from now on, Numba is still optimistic the team is good enough to qualify.
"The loss at home has affected our chances of qualifying for the AFCON 2021, especially since we have lost at home. Had we gotten a win today, it would have improved our chances but looking at the games we have ahead, we will work harder to win all the games - then we will see how far we can go. We have a team that can qualify," he said.
Numba who is also Sensational Zanaco gaffer said they [team and technical bench] were disappointed that they lost at home in front of the fans who came out in numbers to watch the match.
"We are very disappointed losing at home, especially that we had very good support, the fans came out in numbers," he said
"Had we converted the chances that were created in the first half, it could have improved our chances."
Zimbabwe scored the first goal through Khama Billiat in the 10th minute, with Patson Daka equalizing 10 minutes later. Billiat, however, struck again in the 79th minute again from a Knowledge Musona assist to secure maximum points for the Warriors of Zimbabwe.
Zambia is stuck at the bottom of Group H with only no point while African Champions, Algeria lead the log with six points Zimbabwe and Botswana are second and third respectively.