FORMER international midfielder Frederick Kashimoto says the Chipolopolo is passing through a transition and has urged stakeholders to continue rallying behind the team.
Zambia were on Saturday held to a scoreless draw by Guinea Bissau in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Kashimoto, who is also Mufulira Wanderers assistant coach, said in an interview yesterday in Mufulira that the barren draw against Guinea Bissau was a setback.
“What we need now is coordination between various stakeholders involved. We need to support the technical bench led by George Lwandamina and the players,” he said.
Kashimoto, however, said the Chipolopolo still has a chance to qualify for the AfCON finals.
“We must not lose hope. These things happen in football. A draw is part of football and Zambia can still qualify if we continue supporting the technical bench and the players,” Kashimoto said.
He, however, said there is no need for the technical bench to reinforce the squad by bringing in experienced players.
“There is no need to panic and start bringing in some experienced players. We have the team already in place, we just need to encourage them. We are passing through a transition and very soon we will start recording positive results,” Kashimoto said.
Zambia is in Group E alongside Guinea Bissau, Congo Brazzaville and Kenya.