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Kalusha disappointed by Zambia performance



Football Association of Zambia President Kalusha Bwalya says he is sad and disappointed in the aftermath of Zambia’s group stage exit in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

Zambia were held to a goalless draw by Burkina Faso in their third and final Group C match at Mbombela Stadium and as a result failed to progress to the quarter finals after Nigeria defeated Ethiopia 2-0 at Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.

Kalusha told fazfootball.com that Zambia could only blame themselves for their early exit because there was no team that was better than them at this year’s tournament.

“What can I say? I am sad and disappointed. We all had great expectations for this AFCON. Unfortunately we have to leave at this stage,” said Kalusha.

“We only have ourselves to blame. I didn't see one team that was 'superior ' to us. Zambia really didn't hit 'top gear'.

“We have to be realistic. We created a few clear cut chances but we did not turn them into goals, and on the day, if you don't score you get punished. We complicated our progression to the quarter finals. That was it. We were unlucky to exit in such a way, which can happen in Football.”

The FAZ President also added that the nature of the Mbombela Stadium pitch contributed to the team’s ‘poor’ performance.

“The playing pitch didn’t help matters either. By comparison, in 2012 in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon we would reach the opponents area one time and it was a goal!”

Kalusha believes Zambia has a formidable established team and said the focus would be to regroup and channel the team’s energy towards the 2014 Brazil Fifa World Cup qualification tournament.

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