SUPERB! The Fashion, Patson & Mwepu Combination — Chambeshi

Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi has revered in the showing of strikers Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka and emerging midfield general Enock Mwepu describing the triumvirate a superb combination.

Junior Chipolopolo pay homage to Pastor Peter Makembo (not in picture) for the one man commando support he mounted

Chambeshi says the tactical plan to keep Daka on the bench had worked well in the match against Iran in which the Zambian side recovered from 2–0 down to win 4–2 and

“We have seen Patson, Fashion and Mwepu… that combination is superb, and tactically I thank my technical staff. We rested Patson on the bench for a reason. The other teams are watching us,” he said.

He said it was a strategy to start with Daka on the bench.

“Patson was rested in the first half and this helped the team to finish strongly in the second half,” he said.

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Daka sustained a laceration the lower lip during Sunday’s 2–1 win over Portugal.

The Lumwana Radiants trainer was delighted with the character of the team.

“I had confidence that we will pull through and the players followed instructions in the second half and it paid off.

“After the pep talk, they came out strongly and reacted to the two goals. I have seen the character of the team,” he said at a post-match press briefing.

Chambeshi admitted his charges were not at their best in the first half, but were able to re-organize in the closing half in which they mounted a tremendous comeback.

Iran coach

His opposite Amirhossein Peiravani took responsibility for the defeat.

“We started well and scored two goals but Zambia were physically strong in the second half and scored four goals. Congratulations to the Zambian coach and to the Zambian team,” Peiravani said.

The Iranian coach said the Zambians were equally physically better prepared than his team because they won most one-on-one situations.