There have been mixed feelings on the Chipolopolo standard of play as most people think that the team is not doing its best NINE months after the AFCON victory, Zambia has moved 2 steps upwards and 1 step on the international scene to occupy position number 6 in Africa and 31 in the world respectively according to current FIFA rankings.
This fair achievement came as a result of the February 12 victory that saw the Chipolopolo Boys rising against all odds to humiliate the famed Ivory Coast side.
While congratulations might be in order for the team achieving its feat, there is an urgent call for the Chipolopolo to improve tremendously if the brilliance of the 2012 AFCON editions is to be maintained.
To many, less has changed in terms of standard of play and it seems Zambia’s remarkable and life changing story ended with them becoming the 2012 AFCON champions. The current performance of the National Soccer team is simply pathetic and most Zambians now doubt if the team still has the blend of skills to again hold Africa’s ranked best team, Ivory Coast.
Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, soccer analyst Nickson Banda said that the Chipolopolo are not playing like champions and that the technical team should do something about it.
“The current play by Zambia does not befit the champions and the coaching staff should see to it that the team improves ahead of the 2013 challenge” he said.
As they kick-started the final national AFCON campaign for 2013, Zambia’s performance against the Cranes of Uganda left much to be desired as it was not convincing enough. There is urgent need for Coach Herve Renard to have a broader selection of players ahead of the 2013 AFCON.
The Chipolopolo Manager must instead turn to the untried young talent already playing like Fwayo Tembo, Clifford Mulenga and many others if the Chipolopolo boys are to defend the trophy in 2013.
Most soccer fans expect to see a revolutionized soccer team that is ranked first in Africa and holding a respectable position on the international scene. A national team that has most of its top players probably signed with the English Premier League sides but it is a different scenario altogether.
Zambians should note that despite their feat during the 2012 AFCON edition, FIFA rankings consider a number of requirements, for instance sporting infrastructure and the caliber of professional players, for a particular team to be elevated.
Nonetheless when all the arguments are put to bed, Zambia needs sufficient sporting infrastructure that will see scores of various sporting activities thriving. On infrastructure, the reality is not as impressive as South Africa and other Arab countries
However, the best is yet to come for Zambia’s FIFA rankings with the neared completion of a 5009 seat capacity stadium in Lusaka that is expected to be opened early next year.
Typical African scenario: 1. The newly elected President has launched an ambitious reform program to fight poverty, reduce corruption, revive agriculture and secure equal treatment of all ethnic gro...
|October 1, 2017|
|Lusaka Dynamos||2 - 1||Nchanga Rangers|
|September 30, 2017|
|Real Nakonde||0 - 2||ZESCO United|
|Buildcon||1 - 0||Mufulira Wanderers|
|NAPSA Stars||0 - 1||Red Arrows|
|Power Dynamos||2 - 0||Nakambala Leopards|
|Lumwana Radiants||3 - 1||Green Buffaloes|
|Kabwe Warriors||0 - 0||Nkana|
|Forest Rangers||1 - 0||Green Eagles|
|Nkwazi||1 - 0||Konkola Blades|
|September 19, 2017|
|ZESCO United||0 - 3||Lumwana Radiants|
|September 17, 2017|
|Red Arrows||2 - 1||Forest Rangers|
|Green Buffaloes||2 - 0||Zanaco|
|September 16, 2017|
|Konkola Blades||1 - 0||Power Dynamos|
|Nakambala Leopards||0 - 0||Lusaka Dynamos|
|Nkana||4 - 0||Real Nakonde|
|Nchanga Rangers||1 - 2||Kabwe Warriors|
|Green Eagles||0 - 2||Buildcon|
|Mufulira Wanderers||3 - 1||Nkwazi|
|City of Lusaka||0 - 3||NAPSA Stars|
|September 13, 2017|
|Nkwazi||1 - 0||Zanaco|
|July 15, 2017|
|Red Arrows||13:00||ZESCO United|
|September 3, 2017|
|ZESCO United||13:00||City of Lusaka|
|October 1, 2017|
|Zanaco||13:00||City of Lusaka|
|October 8, 2017|
|Nchanga Rangers||13:00||Power Dynamos|
|ZESCO United||13:00||Kabwe Warriors|
|Mufulira Wanderers||13:00||Forest Rangers|
|Green Buffaloes||13:00||Real Nakonde|
|City of Lusaka||13:00||Lumwana Radiants|
|Green Eagles||13:00||Red Arrows|
|October 1, 2017|
|Newcastle United||1 - 1||Liverpool|
|Everton||0 - 1||Burnley|
|Arsenal||2 - 0||Brighton & Hov…|
|September 30, 2017|
|Chelsea||0 - 1||Manchester City|
|AFC Bournemouth||0 - 0||Leicester City|
|Manchester United||4 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|Stoke City||2 - 1||Southampton|
|West Ham United||1 - 0||Swansea City|
|West Bromwich Albion||2 - 2||Watford|
|Huddersfield Town||0 - 4||Tottenham Hotspur|
|September 25, 2017|
|Arsenal||2 - 0||West Bromwich Albion|
|September 24, 2017|
|Brighton & Hov…||1 - 0||Newcastle United|
|September 23, 2017|
|Leicester City||2 - 3||Liverpool|
|Everton||2 - 1||AFC Bournemouth|
|Burnley||0 - 0||Huddersfield Town|
|Southampton||0 - 1||Manchester United|
|Manchester City||5 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|Swansea City||1 - 2||Watford|
|Stoke City||0 - 4||Chelsea|
|West Ham United||2 - 3||Tottenham Hotspur|
|October 14, 2017|
|Swansea City||14:00||Huddersfield Town|
|Tottenham Hotspur||14:00||AFC Bournemouth|
|Manchester City||14:00||Stoke City|
|Burnley||14:00||West Ham United|
|October 15, 2017|
|Brighton & Hov…||12:30||Everton|
|October 16, 2017|
|Leicester City||19:00||West Bromwich Albion|
|October 20, 2017|
|West Ham United||19:00||Brighton & Hov…|
|October 21, 2017|
|Swansea City||14:00||Leicester City|
|Stoke City||14:00||AFC Bournemouth|
|Huddersfield Town||14:00||Manchester United|
|Newcastle United||14:00||Crystal Palace|
|Southampton||16:30||West Bromwich Albion|
|October 22, 2017|