Marcello Kadiamba is refusing to give up on TP Mazembe’s CAF Women’s Champions League semi-final qualification ambitions following a 2-0 defeat to Bayelsa Queens on Thursday.
The Central African champions started their campaign in style, beating Wadi Degla 1-0 but has now seen their qualification dream suffer a mere setback following a disappointing loss to the Nigerians.
First half efforts from Miracle Joseph and Chinyere Igbomalu handed the Congolese their first defeat in the competition and the tactician admits his side were not careful enough.
“It was an almost a balanced game. Collectively, we were in the game, but the Nigerians’ individuality made the difference,” Kadiamba said during the press conference.
“We were expecting a reaction from Bayelsa Queens who had lost the first game, we had to be more cautious but it was not the case, they have bounced back into the competition.”
Despite the defeat, the race for the last four remains open in Group B and the 71-year-old manager insists they still have a bright chance of progressing despite facing holders Mamelodi Sundowns in their final group tie in Marrakech on November 6.
“We are still in the competition. We can still qualify for the semi-finals. We have lost a battle but not the war,” he continued.
“Nothing is lost yet, none of the teams has qualified yet, it is up to us to show that we deserve our place in the last four.”