Zambia boss Beaumelle proud of Brazil showing

The interim Chipolopolo coach was thankful for the opportunity to pit his side against the Selecao and was pleased with his side's showing, despite going down 2-0 in Beijing
Zambia boss Patrice Beaumelle has spoken of his pride at leading his side against Brazil.

The 35-year-old interim coach, who replaced Herve Renard last week, took charge of the Chipolopolo for the first time as they went down 2-0 to the Selecao at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday.

And the Frenchman was pleased with his side’s showing despite second-half goals from Oscar and Dede condemning him to a debut defeat.

“As the coach of the Zambian national team, I would just like to thank the people who organised this match,” he said.

“Once again, this is a big opportunity for Zambian football and for African football as a whole to explore China.

"To be in front of a team as big as Brazil is a privilege. I can tell you that this evening I’m proud to be the coach of the Chipolopolo, because we showed that in Africa we can play good football.

“It’s a dream to play on this pitch, at this stadium. We found that some Chinese people were supporting Zambia. It was a great honour.”

The Frenchman went on to reveal his satisfaction at his side’s first-half display, but admitted they tired after the break and found Neymar, in particular, difficult to contain.

“Neymar is amazing. When you’re playing against Brazil, there are so many players that can make a difference,” he continued.

“The target was to keep close to him. It worked well in the first half. But in the second half, as fatigue kicked in, we became a bit loose.

"In football you have to be organized. In Africa, it’s not a tradition for players to be organized. It's just to enjoy the game. I did a lot of work on that."