Zimbabwean defender explains how he stopped Mohamed Salah
Despite being on the losing end, Zimbabwe left-back Divine Lunga had an outstanding night as he completely nullified the threat of Mohamed Salah.
Salah found it hard in the game to get past Lunga who tightly marked him and gave the Liverpool forward little breathing space in the entire game. Mahmoud Trezeguet scored the only goal of the game with a curled finished just before half time.
Speaking after the game, Lunga revealed how he managed to contain Salah, "I feel great because the coach gave me a task today to mark Salah. He’s a terrific guy and I was instructed to go with him if he cut inside [on his stronger left foot] or show him outside [to his weaker right foot]. That was the task for today.
"It was hard [dealing with Salah’s movements] so I had to communicate with my defensive midfield to be aware of the positions he was taking. It was about communication only. I wasn’t nervous. I’d been waiting for this moment for a long time to play at the Afcon. I wanted to prove myself.
"The competition is a good stepping stone as Afcon is better than Cosafa. It is the biggest tournament in Africa, so this is a stepping stone for us to be seen outside the continent and secure moves abroad."