Zambia coach Sven Vandenbroeck not relieved after beating Guinea-Bissau

The Belgian guided Chipolopolo to a 2-1 win over Guinea Bissau to record their first win in this campaign, in his maiden home game as Zambia coach

Zambia coach Sven Vandenbroeck is not yet relieved despite his charges notching their first win of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign.

Stoppila Sunzu and Justin Shonga were on target for Zambia on Wednesday.

“No (the win is not a relief), because in the end we still don’t have the advantage,” said Vandenbroeck after the match.

“The relief will come when we qualify. Until then we are still in a race of six games and half have been played. And next Sunday, the game is even more important than today. So the relief, not yet. We knew what we had to do today and we delivered the task. So every game is crucial until we have enough points to go to the Afcon.

“It (the win) was crucial as the next game because if we didn’t win it was going to be advantage to our opponent. Now with the win we have equal points and we have everything in our own hands even if with two away games and one at home.”

Zambia goalkeeper and captain Kennedy Mweene nearly spoiled the party with a howler that gifted the Bissau-Guineans their consolation goal through Frederic Mendy.

In his first game at home in charge of Chipolopolo, Vandenbroeck drew positives from the fervent support inside Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

“In the past few days you could feel the tension getting high,” he said.

“I enjoyed the warm up because the crowd was coming bit-by-bit and they were making some noise half an hour or even an hour before the game. It gives you 20 percent courage or even comfort. We won and that will change the atmosphere in the end. I think we can be very happy with the atmosphere and spectators in this game.”

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Zambia lost their opening match 1-0 to Mozambique at home, before drawing 1-1 with Namibia in Windhoek last month.

They are now equal with Mozambique and Guinea Bissau on four points each, but Mozambique could open a three-point gap at the top if they beat Namibia at home on Saturday.

Chipolopolo play Guinea-Bissau away from home on Sunday.