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.
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.
Zambia Steps Up On FIFA Ranking
Zambia has made a notable rise on the FIFA/Coca Cola World rankings stepping up 10 places to occupy 78th on the global charts.
The Chipolopolo boys who have been fluctuating on the rankings now occupy 20th position on the continent of Africa.
Honour Janza’s charges beat Niger 3-0 on October, 15th in a Group F Africa Cup qualifier with the two sides drawing 1-all five days earlier.
Group F leaders Cape Verde have continued their fine run leaping to third position in Africa and 33rd in the world while third placed Mozambique also had some reason to be happy having moved to 26th in Africa and 97th in the world after moving 12 rungs up.
Niger has slipped 14 places down to stand on 36th in Africa and 121st in the world.
World champions Germany remains top of the table with Algeria surprisingly leading the African pack.
Mozambique Fixture Key to Zambia’s 2015 AfCON Ticket, says Renard
Former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard says the match against Mozambique will be the key to Zambia’s qualification for the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup qualifier.
Renard told journalists on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday that it will not be easy for interim coach Honour Janza to survive if Zambia fails to qualify to the next Africa Cup.
The former Chipolopolo trainer also said he could not completely rule out making a comeback to coach Zambia in future.
He said Zambia almost always found itself struggling to qualify but always managed to be at the Africa Cup.
“Honour was part of our staff he got a chance you know in football when you have got a chance you have to take it,” Renard said.
“He has the quality now, you judge a coach about the result unfortunately sometimes it is difficult, sometimes I think for Zambia it is almost the same a lot of players stop their international career or not anymore in the national team so you always need a period to have (build) the same strong team.”
He added: “So let him use the time before the remaining two games to prepare the qualification because it is always difficult when you do not qualify the most important thing is to qualify and I hope we meet in Morocco in 2015.”
The 2012 Africa Cup winning coach said it had been difficult to settle in Ivory Coast after having been appointed in the post World Cup chaos that saw some big stars led by the talismanic Didier Drogba quit international football.
On a possible future Chipolopolo return, “I will always come back as a citizen after all in football we never know what comes everything is possible.”
Renard quit the Zambia job after a disastrous 2013 Africa Cup title defence that ended in a first round elimination to take up a job as French Ligue1 coach Sochaux in the final stretch of the season with the team eventually demoted.
He took over the Ivory Coast job in August and roped in Beaumelle who left the Zambia job he had taken over from his compatriot.
Renard at Home With Ivorians Facing Zambia
The Ivory Coast national team comprising local players this afternoon arrived in the country ahead of Saturday’s international friendly.
Herve Renard’s team arrived around 16:00 hours at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport with the presence of the former Chipolopolo coach and his assistant Patrice Beaumelle fervently greeted by hordes of by-standers and travelers who were within the airport premises.
Renard and Beaumelle were every bit at home with everything around them as their bewildered travelling party was shepherded to the bus while the former Chipolopolo coaches delighted in their moment in the sunshine.
Ivory Coast has travelled with 13 Under-20 players and five Sewe Sports players that Zambian fans may remember from the CAF Confederation Cup games against Nkana.
The 2012 Africa Cup finalists will face each other on Saturday at the Heroes Stadium as part of the jubilee celebrations.
Renard will be part of the contingent that will honoured by the state on account of the 2012 Africa Cup winning feat.
Elephants Game Finally Set for Heroes…as Ivory Coast Expected
Herve Renard’s Ivory Coast team are expected in the country ahead of Saturday’s international friendly that will have both sides field local players.
And the Ministry of Sports and FAZ seem to have finally settled for Heroes Stadium after having bullied each other over the venue for the international match.
FAZ has finally announced that the match will be at Heroes Stadium with VIP tickets pegged at K300 while the rest will pay K50 all round.
The confusion preceding the match venue had been such that the National Sports Council of Zambia had issued a directive that the facility was unavailable for Saturday’s match.
“The National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) wishes to inform its affiliates that the National Heroes Stadium has been completed but is yet to be officially commissioned,” stated a circular from the NSCZ.
Currently the stadium is only being used for testing purposes and it is within this testing period that the remaining gaps will be addressed. However the government of the republic of Zambia will only be able to address certain gaps such as furniture and equipment in the 2015 budget.”
It read further: You are therefore being advised that the National Heroes Stadium is currently not available for staging of any sporting event until further notice. Staging of any such sporting activities should therefore be at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium or any other facility appropriate for the event.”
However, the match will now go ahead in Lusaka.
Renard’s elephants will jet in at 15:00 hours ahead of the match.
It will be the first time the two sides will be meeting since February 14, 2012 2hen Zambia beat Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast 9-8 in a dramatic penalty shoot out to lift the Africa Cup.
Fwayo Tembo, Boyd Mkandawire out of Ivory Coast friendly
The Chipolopolo boys are back in training ahead of Saturday’s international friendly against Ivory Coast in Ndola.
Coach Honour Janza has all but two players called to camp with clubless Fwayo Tembo reportedly away in Tanzania on a club hunt mission while Under-20 defender Boyd Mkandawire is out injured.
The rest of the team worked while four players who are nursing knocks from the weekend games had a light work out on the sidelines of the full session.
A check by the bolazambia.com crew found the Nkana duo of Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba, Donashano Malama their Zesco United counterpart Nyambe Mulenga and Power Dynamos’ Richard Kasonde led by team physiotherapist Davies Mulenga.
The game was due to be played in Lusaka but seems to have been caught up in mazy of independence and fixture complexities that will see titanic local action pitting heavies in Zesco United against Zanaco with a Power Dynamos-Nkana clash on the cards.
Some players will be expected to join their clubs immediately after featuring for the national team on Saturday against Herve Renard’s Ivory Coast.
Morocco Withdraws From Hosting 2015 AfCON
The Confederation of African Football is shopping for a new host for the 2015 Africa Cup after Morocco withdrew from hosting next year’s event over Ebola fears.
Morocco had written to CAF asking them to consider postponing the event to 2016 until there is an all clear on the fast spreading Ebola that has hit some West African countries.
CAF has currently gone in overdrive searching for a new host and has so far reportedly approached Ghana and South Africa as possible fall backs.
Morocco had also offered to host the 2017 event.
Niger Win Grants Janza ‘Temporary’ Respite
Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza said he was relieved with his side’s 3 – 0 win over Niger on Wednesday in the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup.
A relived Janza told a media briefing after the match the win had a lot of intrinsic motivations to the players after going for three matches without a win in competitive fixtures.
“We thank the Zambian people for the support and patience to wait for us in the competition to get a win. We will stay focused and fight it is not easy,” he said.
“It is very obvious we are relieved to get a win. I think the players are motivated I think they have the belief. It motivates them when they win and they look forward to replicate the performance.”
He said, “I think this win has a lot of intrinsic motivation in the players.”
He defended his decision to start Under-20 star Charles Zulu who was handed the iconic jersey 11.
“On Charles Zulu, in football I think there is no gambling only when you play aka red naka black,” he said.
“We have trained been with them in local camp and under 20. There is a process you will be seeing them one by one. There is a process everything that we do, it is not gambling.”
Janza recorded his first competitive win on Wednesday easing pressure on him after some fans had started calling for his sacking.
Zambia moved to second place in Group F on five points with Cape Verde reaping nine points and virtually qualifying to next year’s Africa Cup with two games to spare after beating Mozambique 2-1.