No fans apart from FAZ and Ministry of Sports officials as well as the bus driver Mr. Masautso Nyirenda were on hand to welcome the Chipolopolo boys at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport following the 2-1 away defeat to Guinea Bissau.
Welcome home boys!
And Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck says the team suffered a drop in confidence and calm on the ball in Guinea Bissau but can still qualify with victories in the last two games.
Speaking on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Vandenbroeck said the team just needed bit more conviction to turn the tide in their favour.
“We said four or six (points) was our target after the two window game, we have come back with three out of six. We had on Wednesday a good game, yesterday (Sunday) the performance was less,” he said.
“But if you see the end on Wednesday, they (Guinea Bissau) had one shot on target, yesterday (Sunday) two but in the end they won.”
He added: “I think the performance of our team was positive, only the result we got was not what we wanted. But it is a good thing to work on the future, to continue. I am convinced of the way working at this moment. I am sure that the way we keep going will bring us the two results we need in March and November.”
Sven summed up the delight and agony on the last two fixtures, “Confidence, conviction and believing ourselves, because what I felt in our home game, we feel very strong, maybe in the away game we missed this little confidence and calm on the ball to play our game. If we can improve that in November, we have a big chance to get these three points in Mozambique.”
Zambia beat Guinea Bissau 2-1 at home on Wednesday before losing by an identical margin on Sunday in the reverse fixture.
The Chipolopolo will travel to Maputo in November before finishing their group matches in March next year with a home game against Namibia.
Zambia has four points from four games with two losses, one win and a draw.