Chiyangi expresses mixed feelings after Benin draw

Chiyangi expresses mixed feelings after Benin draw

Zambia national team interim head coach Aggrey Chiyangi has attributed his teams 2-2 draw against the Squirrels of Benin to lack of concentration from his players.

Chiyangi felt the second goal Benin scored could have been avoided if the defenders committed and challenged for the ball.

"It was a good game. Benin gave us a good game and I think its a good foundation for the future. It has shown things (mentally) we need to work on with the team," he said.

" It is just concentration. We just have to concentrate throughout the game, the second goal they (Benin) scored, The defenders did not challenge for the ball I don't know if they were waiting for the referee to blow," he added.

Chiyangi despite being disappointed with the result was also happy that the mistakes were made in the friendly match so that they can be worked on before meeting Algeria.

" Yes am disappointed that we did not win but I am happy we have made the mistake now and not Algeria because in that game we need to work on perfection," he said.

"I still need them to push a lot. Certain players need to push a lot, I won't mention names because we played as a team but there certain players who need to push a lot," he added.

Zambia started off the match well and took the lead in the 21st minute thanks to a Justin Shonaga strike. Huddersfield Town striker Stevie Mounie headed home a minute to half time to level matters.

In the second half, Benin had a chance to take the lead in the 67th minute but Sessegnon Stephane aimed his effort direct at Mwange who saved it with ease. Shonga put Zambia in the lead in the 76th minute to complete his brace but once again failed to protect their lead as Adeoti Jordan leveled matters to make sure the two teams ended with a 2-2 draw.