Players Abroad: Mayuka Gets A Slice of Southampton Draw at Aston Villa
Emmanuel Mayuka got a slice of the action in Southampton’s 1-all draw against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premiership.
The Zambian striker has struggled for game time and got his chance when he came on in the 79th minute with his side trailing 1-0 and breathed some life in the match
playing a part in the equalizer.
Nathaniel Clyne buried home a Ryan Bertrand cross in the 81st minute to rescue a point for the saints.
Clyne denied Aston Villa a much-needed win as his late goal rescued a point for a disappointing Southampton side.
The England right-back buried Ryan Bertrand’s cross to reduce the gap on leaders Chelsea to six points.
Mayuka has not seen a lot of action at his club although at the national team level coach Honour Janza has kept faith in him in the Chipolopolo shirt.
Meanwhile former Zesco United Khondwani Mtonga scored his second goal for the club in a 2-1 loss to Delhi. Northeast were beaten at home by Delhi and Mtonga scored for the host but his effort was not enough to save them from defeat.
Isaac Chansa also played some part but is yet to score for the club since moving from Zanaco.
Zambia to Host 2015 COSAFA Under-20 Championship
Zambia will get another chance to host a regional Cosafa tournament when it stages the 2015 U20 Cosafa Cup with South Africa getting the rights to host the senior challenge.
Both tournaments are off this year due to sponsorship challenges.
Zambia hosted the 2013 edition which they won and are the current holders while the
Under-20 had a dismal outing in Lesotho where they crashed out in the first round.
The country will host the 2017 Under-20 Africa Youth championship and staging another junior tournament may be a step in testing the waters.
Recently an attempt to host the 2019 Africa Cup fell off after the bid was rejected.
Well placed sources say the process is already sealed with Zambia only expected to pinpoint the possible venues.
Zambia is the most successful team in this tournament with a record 9 trophies since its inception in 1983 and is trailed by Zimbabwe and South Africa who are tied at 6 apiece.
Madagascar is the other team to have won it but just once in 2005 with the Chipolopolo tied with neighbors Zimbabwe as the most successful countries in the senior challenge for southern Africa competition with 4 trophies apiece while South Africa and Angola are also tied on second position with 3 each, which wraps up the only teams to have won this tournament.
The tournament will be played in may to allow all nations to field in strong teams.
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