Sunday Jul 11, 2021. 12:00
I am very sorry says Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic after Chipolopolo lost 1-0 to Eswatini on Saturday at Woflson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay to suffer historic back-to-back defeats at the COSAFA Cup.
Defending COSAFA Cup champions Zambia’s defeat left them bottom of Group A and are also the only side in their pool on zero points.
“I would like to use this opportunity to apologise to our supporters back home that we have lost the game,” Micho said.
“I cannot blame anyone. I can only say players really tried their best. Unfortunately the best of our players was not enough to get us a better result today.”
Micho also admitted he was feeling the heat as Chipolopolo’s COSAFA Cup title defence looks bleak on top of presiding over Zambia’s first-ever back-to-back defeats at the regional tournament.
“When we talk about pressure, pressure is always in this job,” Micho said.
The five-time COSAFA Cup champions return to action on July 13 in a penultimate Group A date against Botswana and 24 hours later wrap-up against tournament hosts South Africa.
Botswana are third and tied on 3 points with fourth placed Lesotho from two and three games played respectively.
South Africa lead on Group A on maximum 6 points and level on points with second placed Eswatini who have a match left to play.
The top two teams from Group A and Group B advance to the semifinals on July 16.
Namibia lead Group B on 3 points, Senegal are second on the same number of points, record six-time champions are Zimbabwe are third and Mozambique bottom on 1 point each.