We were unlucky - Mwepu

We were unlucky - Mwepu

Zambia U23 national team midfielder Enock Mwepu believes the team was just unlucky following their premature elimination from the ongoing U23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.

The Redbull Salzburg midfield ace is aware that the fans are disappointed but he has urged them to continue supporting the team.

“A lot of our fans are disappointed, we can only tell them to keep the support and keep praying for us. We know that in football sometimes, you have no luck and I think we had no luck in this tournament,” he said.

“Let the fans keep supporting us, the future is bright for us and we know what we are capable of doing. We are optimistic that in the next tournament at the senior level and also for junior tournaments that we will do well and make our fans happy. Fans are for us and without them we are dead. Let them keep supporting us.”

Mwepu who is fondly referred to as 'The Computer' also took time to encourage the senior team to stay positive ahead of Tuesday's clash against Zimbabwe in the Cameroon 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

“It is quite hard for the team after losing the first game. The scoreline was really not so good for everybody. Going in the second match, I can only wish the team to stay positive and focussed knowing that the Tuesday game won’t be easy,” he said.

“I can only wish them the best, it is said that we will not be there. We are supporting them and we are together in this situation. Whether we win or lose we are together but I am positive that we will win Tuesday’s match," he added.

The Zambia U23 national team was booted out of the AFCON tournament following a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast which summed up a rather unimpressive showing in Egypt with only a point to their name after three matches.