'We blew it', says Chris Katongo

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The Zambian sharp shooter was voted as a Man of the Match and he capped his performance on the night with a superb strike earning his side a well-deserved draw.

“We are taking our failure to qualify to the next round as a failure. We blew it,” said the clearly disappointed former Jomo Cosmos and PSL top goalscorer.

“We did well beating Sudan in the opening game but it is the game against Cameroon where we lost it. We have learnt something as a team and we will give it a go next time.

“Personally though, I do not think I have failed as a player. I think I proved that I can score goals. It is important though that I keep on working hard,” he added.

Katongo also dismissed questions that were suggesting that one of their downfall in the tournament was due to the fact that the players played more as individuals rather than as a team.

“We play as a team in Zambia. However, you cannot take away any of the individual brilliance of players that make the team.

“Players want to achieve big in their careers. We played well today as a team. Our aim coming to the game was to score first, but that did not work as Egypt were the first to score.

The Chipolopolo Boys’ coach, Patrick Phiri praised the Pharaohs for their performance thus far in the tournament.

“They beat both Cameroon and Sudan coming into this game. This proves that they are a quality side. I think we did well against them, holding them to a draw.

“Against Cameroon it was a disaster, but the players bounced back well in this game. They showed determination when Egypt scored first in the game.

“We are going home now, but it is pity because I believe we could have done much better in this tournament,” he added.