CHIOLOPOLO coach Beston Chambeshi has lashed out at Moroccan referee El Jaafari Noureddine following Zambia’s 2 – 0 loss to Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.
Zambia are all but out of the World Cup race after losing their second straight match in the qualifiers leaving them six points behind leaders Tunisia.
Noureddine had an eventful first half as most of his decisions affecting Zambia with the biggest of them all being the red card he produced against Prince Mumba in the 24th minute.
At full time, Chambeshi said the ref cost Zambia the game.
“The referee did his part to help out Equatorial Guinea, for me it was just a planned thing there is no way a referee can act that way in a crucial game like that.
“We have learnt how referees are handling the games. These are world cup qualifiers we need fair play from the referees and those handling the game,” Chambeshi said.
Meanwhile Football House has formally written to FIFA protesting the handling of the match.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga confirmed in an interview.
“After the match, we filed a formal complaint because we believe that football should be won fairly on the pitch, but what we witnessed today [Thursday] was nowhere near there. We know that we needed to put in the best, but unfortunately, we did not see our best,” Kamanga said.
Ineffective Zambia were beaten 2 – 0 with goals from defender Bassey Oubina in the 34th minute while the second goal came from skipper Emilio Nsue.
Zambia had chances in the game but were guilty for being wasteful with possession with Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala being the main culprits.
Zambia will again play Equatorial Guinea on Sunday at Heroes Stadium with the team hoping to salvage whatever is left from this qualifying race.