Renard `desolate` after defeat

Zambia coach Herve Renard has revealed that his side is completely distraught after suffering a late 3-2 loss to Cameroon.

Chipolopolo had the Indomitable Lions against the ropes until a goalkeeping howler from Kennedy Mweene allowed Geremi to cancel out Jacob Mulenga’s early effort in the 68th minute.

Cameroon had their noses up and Samuel Eto’o’s snap shot fired them in front in the 72nd minute.

Christopher Katongo thought he had earned a point for his side with a late penalty but Mohammad Idrissou’s header in the 86th minute sealed the spoils for Paul Le Guen’s men.

“We are desolate. We thought we could hold on and we were getting there until that mistake by the goalkeeper that gave the opposition the belief that they could come back into the game,” admitted Renard afterwards.

“I do not think our tactic was negative. We played according to the exigencies of the game, and there are no regrets whatsoever.”

Renard is now looking to the final group game against Gabon to try and guide Zambia into the quarter-finals.

“All is not lost, we have the last match against Gabon and we know that if we beat them, we can still qualify,” he added.

Goalscorer Mulenga was not happy with the result, but was delighted to be a part of such a thrilling African Nations Cup encounter.

“I think we sat back for too long. We thought we could hold them, frustrate them, and counter attack when necessary. We worked for 45 minutes, then (they got) that lucky goal and we crumbled, but we are happy with ourselves, it was a great game against a great team,” he said.

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