Soccer Analyst Andrew Musonda has placed his belief in the Zambia National Soccer Team after they beat Malawi in a preparatory match ahead of the upcoming COSAFA tournament to be hosted by South Africa. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Mr. Musonda said he believes the Chipolopolo Boys will deliver at the tournament if they maintain their performaace. Mr. Musonda said that the performance displayed by the team was satisfactory and proved the critics wrong.
THE Zambia Sports Fans Associations (ZSFA) has expressed disappointment over the Football Association of Zambia’s (FAZ) failure to pay the Zambia National Women’s soccer team allowances in full following their early exist from the just ended Africa Women Championship (AWC).
ZAMBIA National Soccer Team coach Honor Janza has called Israel based striker Evans Kangwa to the 27-man squad that starts camping this Saturday in Lusaka ahead of a must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier game against Mozambique next week. Speaking during a press briefing at football house, Janza said he decided to include Kangwa who plays his professional football at Israeli top side Hapoel Ra' ananain in order to strengthen the Chipolopolo striking force.
Zambia National Soccer team coach Patrice Beaumelle has said that he was impressed with Zambia’s performance in an international friendly match against Japan. Speaking to the media at a press briefing, Beaumelle said despite losing by a goal, the Chipolopolo boys deserved to be praised for a job well done. He added that no one was to be blamed for the 4-3 loss against Japan adding that the loss was a call for hard work.
MUTENDERE Football Club owner Simataa Simataa has described the life ban issued on him by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) as unfortunate and unfair. Simaataa had been charged with making disparaging remarks and taking legal action against some of the FAZ employees. In a later dated March 23, 2014 addressed to Simataa, FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said Simataa had been banned after he was found guilty of violating the FAZ Disciplinary Code and the Constitution.
MTN Super League Champions Nkana F.C are ready for their forthcoming clash against Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland in the CAF Champions league. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, Nkana team manager Charles Chakatazya said the boys are well prepared for the first leg match to be played on 9th February, 2014 at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland. “We are ready and are just winding up with the preparations for the match against Swallows,” he said.
SOME soccer fans associations have called on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to consider employing local coaches to lead the national soccer team. Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association president, Yotam Mwanza told the Lusaka Star that local coaches had the potential to coach the national soccer team citing Ben Bamfuchile and Patrick Phiri as such coaches.
ZAMBIA Sports Fan Association (ZSFA) chairman Pastor Peter Makembo has appealed to Government and the corporate world to support women’s football in the country. The women’s team does not have support from the corporate world whilst government’s policy is to finance the senior national men’s soccer team. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Makembo said government and other sponsors needed to come on board and support women’s football in order to enhance it.
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Manager Erick Mwanza, says qualifying to the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals in South Africa is of great significance to football development in Zambia. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Mwanza said the CHAN championship was a very important tournament for football development. Mwanza said the Zambia developmental squad was a good and hard working team with potential of winning the return leg CHAN qualifier match against Botswana.
ZAMBIA Head Coach Herve Renard is confident Zambia will beat Zimbabwe in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Senior Challenge Cup. Speaking in an interview on CCTV Africa sports, Renard said the Chipolopolo boys were ready for the match and that they would put up a good performance. Zambia beat South Africa 5 – 3 in a post match penalty shootout on Wednesday to secure their place in the final.