Rwanda U20 coach tells Zambia to improve defence

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Rwanda U20 coach Vincent Mahami has told defending U20 AFCON champions Zambia to work on their defence.

Rwanda held Zambia to a 1-1 draw in Lusaka on May 19 but bowed out of the qualifiers 3-1 on aggregate following a 2-0 home loss in Kigali on May 12.

The 2009 U20 AFCON hosts made life difficult for Zambia inspired by their goalkeeper Fiacre Ntwari who denied Francesco Mwepu twice and Lameck Banda three times.

However, defender Christian Ishimwe, midfielder Gilbert Nshimuyumuemyi and goal scorer Gueulette Marie asked questions about Zambia’s defence throughout the match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

“I think they have so many chances of qualifying but they have to work on the confidence and also their defending,” Mahami said.

“We have to be realistic, he (Charles Bwale) needs to work on the defending but generally the team is very good and comfortable on the ball.

“The rest, they should work hard in training and international friendly games and need to play more in front of big crowds like this one.”

Zambia will play Burundi in the final qualifying round in July with victor over both legs, on July 13 at home in Lusaka and July 20 in Bujumbura, qualifying to the 2019 finals in Niger.