Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck says his team needs to mature in terms of managing a lead.
And Guinea coach Baciro Conde said his squad suffered from tiredness after having arrived in batches prior to the match on Wednesday that they lost 2-1.
During a post-match press conference, Vandenbroeck said the team could have soaked away the pressure better after going 2-0 up in 54th minute.
A late surge by Guinea Bissau reduced the arrears to 2-1.
He said that the goal by Guinea Bissau made the final stages of the game nervous for his charges.
Vandenbroeck shifted his attention to Sunday’s second leg encounter away to Guinea Bissau.
The Belgian national said that the win was half the job as another fixture is looming on Sunday.
“In the end you still do not have the advantage, the relief will come when we qualify, until then we’re still in a race of six games and next Sunday the game is more important that today. We knew what we had to do today and we brought that task to a good end,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the soccer fans that spurred the team to victory after having filled the 60, 000 National Heroes Stadium to the rafters.
“For the past two days we could feel the tension getting higher, even on my way to work this morning people were banging on my car cheering, encouraging. It gives you 20 percent, maybe more courage and encouragement and confidence, I have to say we won and we were very happy with the atmosphere after the win,” Vandenbroeck said.
And Conde said Guinea Bissau would try to reverse the result at home on Sunday.
“I believe we are still in the competition, we can win at home in four days’ time and I believe we can do better,” he said.
Goals from Stoppilla Sunzu and Justin Shonga gave Zambia the win with Frederic Mendy scoring for Guinea Bissau.
Zambia lies third on the log with four points after three matches while Guinea Bissau tops the log on the same points but enjoys a superior goal difference.
Mozambique and Namibia face off on Saturday and Tuesday in other back-to-back Group K games.
Meanwhile the Chipolopolo boys are off to Guinea Bissau aboard a chartered plane.
Source: Football Association of Zambia