Chipolopolo in swim or sink Mambas test
The Chipolopolo boys will today have to face a highly motivated Mozambique national team in Maputo in a crucial 2015 Africa Cup qualifier.
Zambia will have to win to ensure that they put themselves in good stead to qualify for the showpiece that will now be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
Coach Honour Janza has shuffled his side to ensure that there are youthful lads in the squad that he may throw in the mix in a highly charged fixture.
Missing skipper Stoppilla Sunzu due to injury Janza will have to look to the central defence partnership of Nyambe Mulenga and Christopher Munthali to hold things down at the heart of defence with Davies Nkausu and Emmanuel Mbola taking the right and left back positions although Nkana’s Donashano Malama will stake a heavy claim after a decent performance in the game against Niger.
Nathan Sinkala will be expected to anchor the midfield with Chisamba Lungu, Rainford Kalaba and Lubambo Musonda linking up with the striking force.
Janza will have a headache picking up his leading attackers with Emmanuel Mayuka, recalled Evans Kangwa, James Chamanga and Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba lining up for the attacking role.
Zambia is in joint second position with Mozambique on five points although the Chipolopolo has a superior goal difference.
Group F leaders Cape Verde has nine points and host bottom placed Niger who is winless in the Group.
Zambia hosts Cape Verde on Wednesday in the final group match at home in Ndola at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Chipolopolo off to Mozambique
The Chipopolo boys this morning left for Maputo Mozambique ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup qualifier.
Honour Janza’s charges left at midday aboard a chartered flight that has seen all the 26 players make the trip.
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza is under pressure to ensure that Zambia get a win in Maputo to be in good stead to qualify for the 2015 tournament.
Janza will have to do without the injure skipper Stoppilla Sunzu who has been ruled out.
Armenia based Lubambo Musonda, Davies Nkausu and Evans Kangwa will be part of the qualifiers for the first time after being recalled to the fold.
Zambia lies second on five points standing on the same points with Mozambique but the former has a superior goal difference.
Group toppers Cape Verde have already qualified and stand atop on nine points.
Zambia will host Cape Verde on Wednesday in the final group match that will decide the two top teams in Group F.
The full squad called has goalkeepers Kennedy Mweene, Danny Munyau and Toaster Nsabata while with the defenders are Nyambe Mulenga, Davies Nkausu, Kabaso Chongo, Donashano Malama, Aaron Katebe, Chris Munthali, Emmanuel Mbola and Roderick Kabwe.
Midfielders are Changwe Kalale, Nathan Sinkala, Spenser Sautu, Shaderick Malambo, Rainford Kalaba, Chisamba Lungu and Charles Zulu while Bruce Musakanya, Patrick Ngoma, Emmanuel Mayuka, Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and James Chamanga are the strikers.
Sunzu a doubt for Mambas tie
Zambia’s preparations for Saturday’s 2015 Africa Cup qualifier against Mozambique in Maputo have suffered a setback with defence kingpin Stoppilla Sunzu reportedly injured.
Sunzu is the only player summoned for Saturday’s match who has not reported for camp and the Zambian medical team is insisting on having him flown in the country to be examined by them.
The remainder of the absentees Kabaso Chongo, Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala and Given Singuluma who were being awaited was part of today’s training session.
Zambia must beat Mozambique to be in good stead to qualify for next year’s event whose venue is still in doubt after Morocco confirmed they would not be hosting the tournament.
leaders Cape Verde have already qualified and will be at home to bottom placed Niger.
Zambia has five points with Mozambique but the Mambas have an inferior goal difference.
Four Foreign Based Players Join Camp
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has received a boost with four foreign based players joining camp ahead of Saturday’s Morocco 2015 Africa Cup qualifier.
The quartet of Southampton’s Emmanuel Mayuka, China based James Chamanga, Davies Nkausu and Ural’s Chisamba Lungu.
Twelve local players have been in camp since Saturday and will be happy with the quartet’s addition as the team continues to shape up at Sunset Stadium.
Zambia travels to Maputo on Thursday before returning for Wednesday’s decider fixture against Cape Verde at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
International Watch: Kangwa’s Brace Lifts Hapoel Ranaana as Jacob Scores Again
Nkana’s on loan forward Evans Kangwa has continued making headlines in Israeli Premier League as his brace downed Ashdod to lift Hapoel Ranaana to 7th place on the log. Two second half goals from the zambian international was enough bag 3 points away to Ashdod as the match ended 2-1 in favour of Ranaana. Elsewhere, Jacob’s equalizer was not enough to lift Adana demirspor as they are yet to win in the last 4 fixtures. Jacob Mulenga who scored for the second time in succession equalised shortly after Elazigspor had gone ahead in the first half but his equilizer was short lived and Elazigspor went in front for the second time and this time they could not be pegged back because Adana dermispor were reduced to 10 men.
Felix Katongo’s Al Ittihad were narrowly beaten by Egyptian Giants 1-0 at home and Felix played for the entire game. Stopilla Sunzu was at the heart of defence as his French club Sochaux beat Creteil by 2 goals to 1 on friday. Sunzu who has since recovered from a hamstring played 90 minutes and was shown a yellow card as he did everything to keep his team from conceding another goal. Meanwhile Mayuka was on bench as Southampton beat Hull City by a goal ti nill to put pressure on leaders Chelsea. Lubambo Musonda’s Ulisses thrashed Alaskert 5-1 to remain undefeated this season after 12 games and opened up a 13 point gap at the top. Nathan Sinkala is yet to play a game since returning from the international match between Zambia and Niger. Sinkala who was diagnosed with malaria upon return and has not played any game even after shaking off the virus.
James Chamanga was on bench as his Chinese club Liaoning played to a 1 all draw with Shanghai Shenua. Chamanga who scored a brace in the previous fixture was shockingly left on the bench even if he is the club’s top scorer.
South African PSL weekend fixtures were postponed in honour of Bafana bafana and Orlando Pirates hero, Senzo who was gunned down by unknown people. Meanwhile league action returned on wednesday and a host of Zambian internationals were on the loosing side. Bornwell Mwape’s Amazulu were downed by leaders Kaizer Chiefs by 2 goals to 1 and similarly Chris katongo’s Bidvest Wits were also beaten by Chippa utd by the same scoreline. Clifford Mulenga was introduced at half time as his Ajax cate town was thrashed 3-0 by Pretoria University. Collins Mbesuma’s Black Aces played out a goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundown and the same for David Nkausu’s Bloem celtic who also played a goalless draw with Maritzburg United.
Compiled by Francis Mwansa
Jacob Dropped From Moz Game
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has named his 26 member squad dropping Turkey based striker Jacob Mulenga and Power Dynamos shot stopper Joshua Titima.
Janza has recalled Nchanga Rangers goalie Toaster Nsabata who has not been part of the Chipolopolo set up since Janza took over with Aaron Katebe retained after he featured in Zambia’s 1-all draw against Ivory Coast on October, 25 in Lusaka.
Mulenga who was on target for Zambia’s 2-1 loss away to Cape Verde plays for Turkish side Adanna Deminspor.
The squad will form Janza’s pieces for the two Group F Africa Cup fixtures against Mozambique and Cape Verde on November 15 and 19 respectively.
Unsurprisingly Christopher Katongo who was expelled from camp in the period preceding the 4-0 home win against Niger at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on October, 15.
Zambia is lies second on the log with five points with table toppers Cape Verde already qualified on nine points.
Tail-enders Niger have two points while Mozambique is third with same points with Zambia but have an inferior goal difference.
Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene, Danny Munyau, Toaster Nsabata
Defenders: Donashano Malama, Emmanuel Mbola, Stopilla Sunzu, Nyambe Mulenga, Kabaso Chongo, Davies Nkausu, Aaron Katebe, Christopher Munthali
Midfielders: Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Rainford Kalaba, Bruce Musakanya, Lubambo Musonda, Roderick Kabwe Charles Zulu, Spencer Sautu, Shadreck Malambo, Changwe Kalale
Emmanuel Mayuka, Ronald Kampamba, James Chamanga, Given Singuluma and Patrick Ngoma
FAZ Puts Off All Matches in Honour of President Sata
The Football Association has cancelled all league matches this weekend as part of observing the national mourning in honour of President Michael Sata who died on Tuesday.
FAZ communications officer Nkweto Tembwe announced that no football matches across all divisions will take place this weekend.
The Zambian leagues are counting down to the last two matches that has top of the bill potential deciders and also condemn some teams to the lower ranks of the matches.
President Sata’s body will arrive in the country on Saturday while burial will be next Tuesday with body viewing set for Mulungushi International Conference starting on Sunday.
A church service will be held on Tuesday at the Heroes Stadium before leading the body to its final resting place at Embassy Park.
Kasengele defends K100 allowances for Shepolopolo
The Football Association of Zambia has opted to vilify the Senior Zambia National Women’s Soccer team for protesting against K100 (about US$20) allowance they received from the football mother body.
FAZ General Secretary George Kasengele has issued an emotional press statement warning that action will be taken against the Shepolopolo whose most recognizable help they received was from a businessman who gave them US$100 for their trip to the Women Africa Cup where they were ejected the first round.
Prior to their Namibia outing the team had raised alarm bells about their poor diet that was predominantly comprised of Kapenta and beans.
However, FAZ has opted to come out heavy on the team urging to embrace sacrifice.
Below is the full statement from FAZ:
The Football Association of Zambia has noted with dismay the high level of indiscipline exhibited by the Senior Zambia National Women’s Soccer team after their elimination from the 2014 Africa Women’s Championships in Namibia.
This kind of behavior where a group of young ladies want to hold the Association to ransom is alien to football and cannot be tolerated and condoned.
Never in the recent past as the Association been made to fulfill so many international fixtures and tournaments as has been the case the last two years beginning with the qualification of the Under 17 women’s team to the Junior World Women’s Championships in Costa Rica. T
his was followed by the qualification of the Senior Women’s Team to their maiden Africa Women Championships in Namibia. And then came the qualification of the boys Under 17 and 20 teams to the Africa Youth Championships to be held in early 2015. This is besides the numerous local training camps for the local national team that are costing the association dearly.
These fixtures and tournaments have taken a heavy toll on the Association’s finance base which has resulted in many sacrifices being made especially with regard to meeting costs for its various sub-committee meetings and other pertinent needs.
The Under 17 and 20 boys teams have both qualified to their respective 2015 African Youth Championship finals with little or nothing from the Association but pride and dedication to duty.
The players from these two teams have not held the Association to ransom despite only getting their FIFA approved stipends from the Football Association of Zambia.
It must be further stated that the Association does not receive any form of financial assistance and support from the Government to fulfill programs both for the women and boys junior national teams.
FAZ relies on the resources realized from sponsorships and gate revenue from International matches by the Senior National Team to meet these international fixtures.
It has been the resolve of the Association that neglecting junior and women’s programs will negate and impact negatively on the performance of the Senior National Team which is the torch bearer of Zambian football.
In must be emphasized that FAZ has sacrificed a lot of its time and resources to ensure that women and junior national programs are fulfilled, even to the extent of depleting the Association’s resources to the barest minimum.
There are so many players and officials who have sacrificed for this country who have never displayed this callous disregard for authority.
In this regard, The Football Association of Zambia will be taking steps to address issues of the women national football teams going forward.
George M Kasengele
Players Abroad: Jacob, Chamanga, Kondwani, Chris & Lubambo Celebrate Jubilee With Goals
A host of Zambian internationals scored for their respective clubs this jubilee weekend to cap their native’s Golden Jubilee in grand style. Midfielder Khondwani Mtonga registered his first goal for his Indian club Northeast United as he grabbed the first in the 2-0 away win in Mumbai. Khondwani opened the score in the 57th minute to give his side a lead as his compatriot Isaac Chansa also featured in the same game. FT; Mumbai City 0-2 Northeast Utd.
Striker Jacob Mulenga scored the equalizer in the 75th minute to save Adana Dermispor blushes after they had trailed for the large part of the game. FT; Adana Dermispor 1-1 Antalyaspor.
Midfielder Chisamba Lungu accounted for an assist to the only goal that saw FC Ural defeat Arsenal Tula on Friday. Erokhin scored in the 38th minute after a brilliant cross from the Zambian international. Chipolopolo deputy skipper Stopilla Sunzu came on as second half substitute after recovering from hamstring that saw him ruled out for the previous fixture. He was introduced in the 62nd minute for French outfit Sochaux. FT; Ural 1-0 Arsenal Tula, Sochaux 1-1 Laval.
On Saturday Lubambo Musonda scored the winning goal in the first half of goals galore to maintain the perfect start to the season as the Armenian league leaders are yet to loose a match this season thus far. They were five goals in the first half and were the only goals of the match as Lubambo scored the final and winning goal in the 44th minute as it ended, Ararat Yerevan 2-3 Ulisses Yerevan.
Meanwhile, Evans Kangwa scored the first goal for Israeli side Hapoel Ranaana in the shocking away win at giants Maccabi Haifa. The Evans Kangwa led under dogs went on to win 2-0 away to Maccabi and Evans scored as early as the 13th minute.
In South Africa, suspended Zambian forward Christopher Katongo’s equalizing goal was not enough to qualify Bidvest to the next stage of the Telkom Knockout competition. Bidvest Wits looked to have come back in the game after Katongo’s equalizer in the second half but Superport’s Manyama made sure the game ended in
regulation time as he broke the deadlock within minutes to the final whistle. Bornwell Mwape’s Amazulu forced extra time after they had gone 1-all draw in regulation time with Kennedy Mweene’s Sundowns. Mamelodi Sundowns avoided penalty shootouts after scoring in extra time and progressed to next stage. On the other hand, Orlando Pirates thrashed Mukuka Mulenga’s Ajax Capetown by 4 goals to 1 with Mukuka finishing the entire match but Clifford didnt play any part.
Sunday began with James Chamanga’s Chinese club Liaoning beating Dalian Aerbin 2-1 with the Zambian striker scoring a brace to ensure they claim all three points away. Felix Katongo’s Al Ittihad were beaten at home by Wadi Degla 2-0 while Nathan Sinkala is still not fit enough to play as he sat out in the 1-all draw for Grasshoppers away trip to Vaduz. Sinkala was diagnosed with malaria after returning from international duty for Chipolopolo’s back-to-back games with Niger and has since missed two games for his club.
Emmanuel Mayuka was an unused substitute as his English club Southampton laboured to a narrow win against stubborn Stoke City to move into second position on the log. Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 as they continue to suprise many with their unbelievable performance this season that has seen them leapfrog giants in Arsenal, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham to second position.
Empty Stands Takes Spotlight in Zambia, Ivory Coast Jubilee Draw
A near empty stadium at the jubilee friendly match characterised Zambia’s 1-all draw against Ivory Coast in an international friendly played Saturday at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Acting President Edgar Lungu made part of the crowd that was a quarter full. Striker Ronald Kampamba was on target for Zambia with the opener.
The Nkana striker put Zambia ahead in the 43rd minute beating keeper Gbohouo Sylvan with a low shot to send the home fans who included first President Kenneth Kaunda into celebrations.
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza’s home squad failed to sustain the lead when Ivorian striker Quattara Ousmane levelled in the 54th minute beating Danny Munyao.
Zambia will have themselves to blame for not pinning Herve Renard’s side when defender Fackson Kapumbu’s penalty was saved in the 63rd minute.