The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has urged the Zambia U23 national team to move on from the loss they suffered at the hands of Nigeria and focus on their last group game against Ivory Coast.
The 'Bola na Lesa' Boys were handed a 3-1 defeat by defending Champions, Nigeria and now need to beat Ivory Coast to stand a chance of progressing to the semifinals.
"We did not have a good game against Nigeria but we should forget about it. Let's focus on the game against Ivory Coast and whatever happens let's make sure we win Friday's game," Kamanga said when he addressed the players on Wednesday in Egypt.
"You have done it before and are Champions in your own right and if you just put in extra focus and concentration we should be able to carry the day. Friday's game for us is a must-win game."
Kamanga went on to remind the team that they are carrying the hopes of the nation and have to fight for a win on Friday.
"Let's not give up, We are still in the tournament with a very big chance but that's dependent on how you will play on Friday. You have never failed us and the expectations of the whole nation are on you so for that ninety minutes let's repay the trust the fans have in us with that victory," he said.
Zambia and Ivory Coast will square off on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium while South Africa plays Nigeria at the Al-Salaam Stadium.