Zambia coach Bruce Mwape says his team’s mistakes made them lose 4-0 to Nigeria in a Group B Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cape Coast, Ghana.
The Shepolopolo, who had walloped Equatorial Guinea 5-0 in their group opener, were overpowered by the Super Falcons on Wednesday.
The scoreline would have been worse if the Nigerians had been more ruthless in front of goal.
“I will congratulate Nigeria for their victory today. They played well and actually my team made a lot of mistakes especially during transition, thus we lost most of the balls,” Mwape told reporters.
“After winning 5-0 in our first game against Equatorial Guinea, a lot of people were expecting us to give Nigeria tough time, unfortunately things didn’t go as planned.
“The 5-0 win in the opening match was no fluke according to the game we played. We created a lot of goal scoring opportunities in that game compared to today. Lack of consistency cost us. If we had played the way we did in our first game, the story could have been different.”
Mwape’s team will take on group leaders South Africa on Saturday, while Nigeria battle bottom-placed Equatorial Guinea.