Kalusha may continue - By Kennedy Gondwe (BBC Sport, Lusaka)
|Date: Feb 03 2004|
Zambia's technical director Kalusha Bwalya has refused to rule out playing again for the national team again despite missing a crucial penalty in the Cosafa Cup final.
Bwalya's miss in the penalty shoot out against Angola in Lusaka on Saturday cost the Chipolopolo the match.
The two sides were locked at 0-0 after extra time with the Palancas Negras winning the cup 5-4 on penalties for a record third time.
When asked if the game would be his last Bwalya replied: "I think we will cross that bridge when we are there."
"The thing is I would love to end at the highest level."
The 41 year old was philosophical about his tame penalty that was easily saved by the Angolan goalkeeper.
"Anybody can miss a penalty and I am not very worried about that," he said.
"I just think that we deserved a better result.
"I think that the game was played at a very high level and it was one of those good games at Independence Stadium.
"This result should not be confused with the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup qualifiers.
"In everything, you lose some and win some and we have to recuperate."
He was also upset by the reaction of the fans, who rioted after the loss and verbally abused Bwalya.
"It was unfortunate that people condemned me and are overlooking the past achievements of the team," he said.
The problems after the game saw four Tanzania under-17 players sustain injuries.
The youngsters are in Zambia for an under-17 African Championship qualifier against the Young Chipolopolo on Sunday.
The Tanzanian team was caught up in the confusion after the game, leaving one of the players, Juma Ramadhan, with a broken nose while the other three suffered injuries that mean they will not take part in Sunday's game.