The Football Association of Zambia, FAZ President Andrew Kamanga has assured football-loving Zambians that Chipolopolo is still in the race for Cameroon 2021 Africa Nations Cup Qualification despite sitting at the bottom of the group.
This week comes on the back of an eventful back-to-back fixture involving the Chipolopolo and the FAZ President says it would be a gross injustice to launch into this week’s column without reflecting on the back-to-back assignments against Botswana that saw Zambia get three out of the targeted six points.
Zambia won the home game 2-1 and lost the reverse fixture 1-0.
A lot has been said about the Botswana engagement; therefore, and Andrew Kamanga says he will only focus on the road ahead, suffice to say the failure to win in Francistown was very disappointing.
“We had invested a lot of effort in preparations for these games and government through the ministry of sports also gave the team all the support”.
The Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Honourable Emmanuel Mulenga travelled with the team and was also available for the home game at National Heroes Stadium to cheer the lads.
“We sit at the bottom on three points. We are comforted by the gap between us and the two teams sitting above us. It is something that we can overcome if we stick to a tight plan”.
“On our part, we believe that we will eventually pull through to be among the two teams that will qualify from our group. We will wait for the technical bench to give us the program that they believe will help them meet our expectations. In between, the Chipolopolo will participate at the 2021 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon that kicks off in January. The CHAN will be a good platform for our team to prepare for the final round of AFCON qualifiers. We expect that the players will rise to the occasion and die a little for their country. Ultimately everything we do as administrators will only count for something if the work on the pitch reciprocates all these efforts”.
Andrew Kamanga hopes that the Chipolopolo can rebound in the remaining fixtures at home to Algeria and away to Zimbabwe in March next year.
For the record, Algeria tops the group on 10 points while Zimbabwe is second with five points with Botswana third on four points while Zambia sits at the bottom.