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Kalu hails good practice match

Faz president Kalusha Bwalya says Zambia's 0-1 loss to Tanzania was a good but tough match in which the Chipolopolo were unlucky not to score a goal.

The FAZ chief said Tanzania were worthy winners as they grabbed what he called a well taken goal and were determined against an Africa champion squad which commences its final preparations for the 2013 continental soccer show piece on 26 December in Johanesburg.

"The match against Tanzania was a good practice match. It was a tough encounter but in the end a very good training game."

Added the Faz chief: "I thought our boys did well for long moments and were just unlucky not to have gotten a goal ourselves. Credit to the Taifa Stars for their determination and well taken goal."

"Most importantly, the match provided Herve Renard a good opportunity to see more boys in action before naming his 26 man squad to prepare for the Africa Cup finals," Kalusha said.

Thanks to a Mrisho Ngassa strike just before the break, Tanzania pulled off what may go down as a famous result against the reigning African champions. Zambia hit the upright twice and came close a number of times but could not find a way past Juma Kaseja as the hosts rallied and held on to their first half lead.

Herve Renard will now announce the 26 man squad to start the Nations Cup preparations in Johannesburg on 26 December.

In between the intensive preparations for the defence of the title, Zambia will play Morocco on 8th January in Johannesburg, Norway at Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on 12th January and Namibia on the 15th.

The kings of African football open their campaign to retain the Nations Cup title with a match against Ethiopia on 21st January before taking on Nigeria who return to Afcon finals competition after failing to qualify for the 2012 finals. Chipolopolo end the group campaign against Burkina Faso - all at Mbombela.


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