How we Prepared Tactically For Zambia - U-23 Coach
By Ali Sharif Abdallah
Head coach of Nigeria U23 national team, Imama Amapakabo has revealed his sides tactical approach in their victory against their Zambian opponents in the ongoing Afcon U23 tournament in Egypt.
Imama disclosed this during the post-match press conference after the Olympic Eagles defeated the Junior Chipolopolo of Zambia 3-1 at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Tuesday night.
He added he studied the tactical approach of Zambia in their previous games before the encounter on Tuesday night.
“We prepared for this game. We knew that only a victory keeps us in this completion.”
“Technically my defender made a mistake very early in the game. I think we got lucky there, they weren’t able to convert. The goal that they scored also is from a counter which we had worked on and prepared for.
"I knew that we had made a tactical blunder in letting them counter us. My colleague (Zambian coach) talked about them playing long balls, from our study of the team we knew they were going to go to the right, keep a player wide on the left then they will try to find a player so we made a contingency plan for them and waited from them.”
“They are a team we prepared for because we know they must attack from the wings. We are glad our tactical approach worked completely. Talking about going forward, this is a competition, all four teams in this group can qualify. We have South Africa in front of us,” he said.
Zambia's coach, Beston Chambeshi reacting attributed his side's defeat to his players not being at their best.
According to him “We played much of the long balls which is not our style of play".
Patson Daka opened the scoring for Zambia before Orji Okonkwo restored the parity for the Olympics Eagles.
Kelechi Nwakali added the 2nd from a free-kick before Taiwo Awoniyi put the game beyond the reach of the Zambians.
The Olympic Eagles now play South Africa on Friday in the last group game in the hunt for a semifinal spot at ongoing Afcon U23 tournament.