Zambia head coach George Lwandamina has dismissed claims that his side’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon is a sign that they don’t have quality enough players that will face Nigeria and other teams in the race for the 2018 World Cup ticket.
The Chipolopolo ended their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Kenya at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium on Sunday.
They finished in third position in Group E behind Guinea Bissau and Congo.
“We have so many players and we have previously cast the net wide. But many are called, few are chosen,” Lwandamina told fazfootball.com.
“This is the international scenario we are talking about. It is totally different from the local league.
“This was close also the case with former coach Herve Renard. He called almost 200 players but none of them played for the national team except for Mbola. The rest were players who were built way back, those are the players he used.”