Zambia coach George Lwandamina says it is great relief to have advanced to the final round of the 2016 Chan qualifiers.
Chipolopolo beat Namibia 6-5 on post-match penalties on Saturday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka after tying the first round 3-3 on aggregate following a 2-1 home win.
The win also ended a two-match losing run at the hands of Namibia over the last two months.
Lwandamina also revealed that his team had prepared for penalties at training for the must-win final leg after losing 2-1 from the first leg played in Windhoek on June 21.
“Namibia are a good side it was not easy to to beat them but the boys fought with heart to win the game,” Lwandamina said.
“I am happy that we won this game, we prepared for everything even for penalties.”
Zambia redeemed themselves against Namibia after losing 5-4 on post-match penalties in a 2015 Cosafa Cup quarterfinal match on May 24 before losing their Chan first leg qualifier a month later.
“The victory will build confidence in the boys who were playing under pressure to cancel the two defeats we suffered at the hands of Namibia,” Lwandamina said.
Zambia will now face Mozambique in the final qualifying round in October.
Chipolopolo will host The Mambas in the first leg on October 17 and will travel to Maputo for the deciding match on October 24.
The winner will qualify for next year’s final in Rwanda.