Zambia Anxiously Await 2019 AfCON Bid
Zambia will await the decision by the Confederation of African Football on whether the country will host the 2019 Africa Cup with the announcement set to be announced on Saturday afternoon.
So far the bidders for the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament have made their presentations to the CAF with FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya making a 30 minute presentation.
Below is a list of the contenders:
FIVE CANDIDATES TO HOST AFRICA CUP
Bids: 2019 or 2021
Proposed venues: Algiers, Annaba, Blida, Oran
Showpiece stadium: Stade 5 Juillet, Algiers (capacity: 70,000)
Bid: 2019 only
Proposed venues: Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua, Limbe-Buea, Yaounde
Showpiece stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde (38,000)
Bids: 2019 or 2021
Hosts: Never staged Cup of Nations
Proposed venues: Conakry, Kankan, Labe, Nzerekore
Showpiece stadium: Stade Nongo, Conakry (50,000)
Bids: 2019 or 2021
Proposed venues: Abidjan, Bouake, Korhogo, San Pedro
Showpiece stadium: Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan (45,000)
Bid: 2019 only
Hosts: Awarded 1988 tournament only to withdraw for financial reasons
Proposed venues: Chililabombwe, Chingola, Kitwe, Livingstone, Lusaka, Ndola
Showpiece stadium: National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka (50,000)
Note: Democratic Republic of Congo withdrew as 2019 candidates without giving an explanation
Zambia’s FIFA Ranking Hits Near All Time Low
Zambia has continued its freefall on the FIFA-Coca Cola rankings stooping to a record 88th place with their adversaries in Group F Cape Verde leaping to 41st slot on the global charts.
According to the latest FIFA rankings Zambia has hit the near all time lowest ebb since ranking system was introduced in 1993.
The Chipolopolo has had a patchy start to their Morocco 2015 campaign picking up only one point out of a possible six with only an inconsequential 3-1 over Sudan on August 31.
Cape Verde, who who top Group F on maximum six points, have moved from 74th position to 41st and will be feeling bullish about their status as a fast emerging powerhouse in African football.
The Blue Sharks rise came after their 2-1 home win over Zambia and 3-1 away victory Niger on September 10 and 6 respectively.
Zambia – now 21st in Africa – is third in Group F on one point, one behind Mozambique who are 109 in the World.
Niger who occupy bottom place in Group F have gained two points on the ranking at 107 in the World.
LATEST FIFA RANKINGS
24. 1 Algeria
25. 2 Côte d’Ivoire
33. 3 Nigeria
36. 4 Ghana
38. 5 Egypt
42. 6 Tunisia
50. 7 Sierra Leone
54. 8 Cameroon
58. 9 Burkina Faso
59. 10 Senegal
60. 11 Mali
62. 12 Libya
64. 13 Guinea
69. 14 South Africa
74. 15 CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
75. 16 Angola
77. 17 Benin
78. 18 Congo
81. 19 Morocco
81. 20 Uganda
84. 21 ZAMBIA
86. 22 Botswana
Wada Fired in Mozambique
Mozambique club HCB Songo has fired Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda and his assistant Dabid Chilufya.
The three-time Zambian Coach of the Year announced his dismissal via social media that the expedition he started in January 2013 has been brought to an abrupt end.
“Tonight, I would like to inform all of you my friends and relatives that the contract between my club HCB Songo and us, Dabid Chilufya my assistant coach and myself has been terminated following a series of discussions which we have been having,” he said.
“Though we have an issue at hand which we have to tackle, we are fine with the developments so far,”
Nyirenda said he was satisfied with his contribution to the club for the duration of his stay.
“We have done the best for the club under circumstances we found the club in and what has been obtaining during the course,” he said.
“I can’t boast or judge myself but the works we have done at the club lub are there for every eye to see,” Nyirenda said.
Mayuka Gets Wolverhampton Wanderers Interest
Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly closing in on a loan move for Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka.
The 23-year-old Zambia international, who joined the Saints from BSC Young Boys in 2012, is said to be available having failed to secure a place in Ronald Koeman’s side.
talkSPORT claims that Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is now poised to make a move for Mayuka in order to strengthen his attacking options at Molineux.
Mayuka spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Sochaux.
Janza’s September Camp Attracts 9 Under-20 Boys
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has summoned a total of 27 players to this months local camp. Among those called are nine under twenty players and Konkola blades striker Humphrey Maseneko.
The Under 20 players summoned are Larry Bwalya, (Scorer of the only goal during the final leg of the Senegal 2015 qualifier match between Zambia and Malawi), Saith Sakala, Spencer Sautu, Boyd Mkandawire, Kayawe Kapota, Mangani Banda, Peter Mulenga, Patrick Ngoma and Alex Mwamba.
The nine have been instrumental in Zambia’s qualification to the Senegal 2015 Africa cup finals.
According to a list released to fazfootball.com, the players must be in Lusaka by Sunday 21 September 2014.
Janza has further warned that he will not tolerate any late coming.
Danny Munyao (Red Arrows), Titima Joshua (Power Dynamos) Mangani Banda (Zanaco-U20)
Kapota Kayawe (Kafue Celtic,U20) Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Boyd Mukandawire (Napsa,U20), Peter Mulenga (K-Stars,U20), Alex Mwamba (Power,U20), Christopher Munthali (Nkana), Chama Adrian (Green Buffaloes) and Given Sinyangwe (Roan United)
Kangwa Chileshe (Zesco), Chretus Chotta (Zesco), Larry Bwalya (Nchanga Rangers,U20), Richard Kasonde (Power), Simon Bwalya (Nkana), Jacob Phiri (Kabwe Warriors), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Spensor Sauthu (Green Eagles,U20), Julius Situmbeko (Power), Fwayo Tembo (Un attached), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows) and Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows).
Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows,U20), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Saith Sakala (Napsa,U20) and Humphry Maseneko (Konkola Blades).
Uganda report Zambia to CAF over alleged age cheating
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has petitioned CAF alleging Zambia of using overage players in their 2-0 win over Uganda Cubs in the 2015 CAF U17 qualifiers first leg.
Patson Daka and Edwin Chipile scored in either half at the Nkoloma stadium to give the Zambians a first leg advantage but with the return leg expected in a fortnight in Kampala, impeccable sources have intimated to Kawowo Sports that FUFA has reported Zambia to CAF.
The players in question are yet to be revealed but Kawowo has reliably learnt that Daka who plies his trade with topflight side Nchanga Rangers is the culprit.
“It’s amazing how an U-17 player can play in an African top tier division,” a source privy to FUFA which preferred anonymity told Kawowo Sports.
“We have thus petitioned CAF and want Zambia to prove his age,” a source added.
Players Abroad: Bornwell, Chamanga Hit Braces As Jacob, Mbola Snatch First Goals
It was a great weekend of goals for most of Zambia’s international players even though some have not yet found the net in this campaign.
Lubambo Musonda’s Armenian Ulisses FC continued to dominate in the league with yet another impressive win over Mika FC. Musonda played the full match and helped his team to a 3-1 win. FT Ulisses Yerevan 3-1 Mika FC.
English Premier League envoy Mayuka made the bench for the second time in as many weeks when his team run riot in the Barclays Premier League. He did not feature but he believes he has gained the managers confidence by making the bench and will play sooner than later. FT Southampton 4-0 Newcastle.
Mayuka’s Europe counterpart, Sunzu, missed the weekend’s 1 all draw away to Nancy because of a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty. Sochaux salvaged a draw in his absence. FT Nancy 1-1 Sochaux.
Emmanuel Mbola scored his first goal for club as Evans Kangwa warmed the bench. Hapoel Raanana run riot in the Israel league as they thrashed Hapoel Petach Tikva and Mbola scored the second goal of the rout to register his first goal for club, unfortunately his compatriot Evans never made it out of the bench for the match. FT Hapoel Raanana 4-0 Hapoel Petach Tikva.
Mbesuma was the 61st minute substitute in the barren draw away to Polokwane and Chris Katongo played for 65 minutes when Bidvest wits lost by a lone goal against Soweto giants. Joy for Amazulu as Zambian international Bornwell Mwape scored a brace to rescue a point for the travelling side. Bornwell scored in each half as Amazulu came from behind twice to salvage a point at Polokwane.
Joseph Musonda featured for the entire match for Polokwane when he faced off with Mwape, however, Mwape outwit the fellow zambian international to score twice.
Goalie Kennedy Mweene kept a clean sheet as his side overcame Bloemfotein Celtic. FT Maritzburg 0-0 Black Aces, Polokwane 2-2 Amazulu, Orlando Pirates 1-0 Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic 0-1 Mamelodi Sundowns.
Nathan Sinkala was an 89th minute substitute when Grasshoppers beat Swiss Giants 3-1. Jacob Mulenga scored twice in five days as he delivered the only goal in the Turkish division 2 league. Mulenga’s goal in the 38th minute was enough to hand his side its first three points of the campaign.
James Chamanga scored a brace as they beat Shanghai Shenxin in the Chinese league. Chamanga, who was left out by new coach Honour Janza in the first Afcon qualifiers games, was on song as he scored the first and second goals of the game and was taken off in the 89th minute as they triumphed in the Chinese league. FT Grasshoppers 3-1 Basel, Giresunspor 0-1 Adana Dermispor, Liaoning 3-0 Shanghai Shenxin
Cape Verde Defeat Shocks Janza
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza claims he is shocked by the 2-1 loss to emerging African football powerhouse Cape Verde.
Janza cut a forlorn figure on the touchline as the Islanders condemned him to his second winless match in the race for the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup.
The coach showed lack of conviction as he rang changes shortly after Zambia conceded the first goal in the 33rd minute through Louis Mendes by withdrawing Chisamba and maybe deservedly so Donashano Malama for Christopher Katongo and Felix (young brother to Chris).
“If we do not get three points in games like this, it is shocking; surely allowing them to win in such a game is simply shocking. My appeal to these players is to always have total concentration,” Janza said.
“This was a golden opportunity to get three points away from home. But the race is still open, Mozambique have drawn with Niger which is a wake-up to my players even if I do not like looking at what our opponents are doing, it’s an indication that we will still qualify at all cost.”
His opposite Rui Aguas was charitable in his remarks despite being aware of the momentous achievement by his team that is closer to their second successive Africa Cup tournament.
While Janza was shocked every football follower knows that Cape Verde has been on the rise and was within 160 minutes of the World Cup qualification only to be disqualified for using an ineligible player gifting Cameroun with a place in the playoffs.
They also made it to the quarter finals of the 2013 Africa Cup and have continued to rise.
“I think Zambia is the best in the group, Zambia is the best we have played. They play the best football, if you ask me, they deserve to progress, I think Zambia is the best in the group, they showed today, Zambia played well it was a difficult match,” said Agua.
Cape Verde top group F on six points while Mozambique is second on two points with Zambia lying third while Niger is at the foot with a point.
Zambia will now await Niger on October, 10 in Lusaka at the newly opened Heroes National Stadium.
UPDATED: Cape Verde Defeat Zambia 2-1 in AfCON Qualifier
Zambia’s bid to put behind their pre-match travel chaos was exposed when they lost 2-1 away to Cape Verde Islands to stretch their winless stride in the 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers to two games.
A meek looking Honour Janza may have just laid to rest the call for a local coach to honour the Chipolopolo cause with his populist team selection as he shockingly substituted a hard working Chisamba Lungu for Felix Katongo in a double substitution made only 37 minutes after kick-off with skipper Christopher Katongo returning for an out-of-sorts Nkana defender Donashano Malama.
The Chipolopolo drew 0-all with Mozambique on Saturday and their clash against Cape Verde had been seen as an opportunity to right their floundering campaign but the team came short.
Pre-match discourse had hinged on Zambia arriving 10 hours before the match after the chartered flight delayed for over 48 hours owing to payment and logistical problems.
On the pitch the hosts were the first ones to draw first blood in the 32nd minute through a Ze Luis goal after a lapse in the Zambians backline where a limping Stoppilla Sunzu failed to close down the Cape Verde striker as he lobbed the ball over an out of position Kennedy Mweene.
Janza immediately shot into panic mode making a double substitution withdrawing Lungu for Katongo (Felix) and Malama for the Christopher.
Zambia seemed to have got a lifeline in the 54th minute when Jacob Mulenga scrambled home a Rainford Kalaba cross to draw matters level.
However second half substitute Ryan Mendes made sure of the points after a sweeping move in the 75th minute to give The Blue Sharks a historic win in their debut meeting with Zambia.
Cape Verde remains in firm command of Group F on six points, four ahead of Mozambique who drew 1-1 with Niger in Maputo.
Zambia is third on one point, tied with bottom placed Niger whom they visit next on October 10.
Cape Verde too will be on the road next month when they visit Mozambique.
Zambia Chase 3 Points in Cape Verde
Chipolopolo will have to cast aside the chaos that rocked their trip to Cape Verde this evening when they face the Islanders in a Group F Morocco 2015 Africa Cup qualifier in Praia.
The team arrived shortly before 06:00am (around 9 Zambian time), about 10 hours before the match, and is expected to haul three points to put their hopes for a place at the tournament back on track.
Zambia, who drew 1-all with Mozambique at home in Ndola, will need to put back their campaign firmly on track with at least a win to ensure that they take command of Group F.
Honour Janza’s side will be facing a highly motivated Cape Verde side coming from the back of a 3-1 away win to Niger and sit atop Group F with maximum points.
Janza, whose full complement of stars disappointed on Saturday, will know that he will have to reap maximum points to ensure that his interim stay at the helm of the Chipolopolo job is not threatened.
His front men led by long serving skipper Christopher Katongo who may be partnered alongside Jacob Mulenga and Given Singuluma in a three pronged attack will have to deliver.
The coach may opt for a more conventional two man attack that may throw in Collins Mbesuma alongside Mulenga or the formerly efficient partnership of Southampton benchwarmer Emmanuel Mayuka and Katongo.
In midfield Janza may not have any nightmares as Nathan Sinkala will take his usual command post with Rainford Kalaba just ahead of him while Stoppilla Sunzu will be the commander at the back alongside Nyambe Mulenga with Emmanuel Mbola and Kabaso Chongo completing the back four to cover Kennedy Mweene.
Cape Verde lead Group F on three points with Mozambique taking second spot while Zambia is third with Niger at the foot of the table.