Nkana face Tunisian challenge
- Nkana players
Zambian league champions Nkana will this afternoon hope to redeem their continental credentials when they host Tunisian side Club Athletique Bizertin in the CAF Confederation Cup knock out round.
Nkana will be without their leading striker Ronald Kampamba who is ruled out due to suspension and will be hoping to do better than their CAF Champions league run where they were dumped out by Zamalek.
But coach Masautso Mwale knows that his side has to bounce back from their four game winless streak and will have hit the back of the net to turn a corner.
Mwale will be looking to revived Simon Bwalya and Shadreck Musonda to lead the attack in the absence of Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba.
Recovered star Bruce Musakanya could play a role in this afternoon’s game to bolster the team’s attack.
Nkana were booted out of the CAF Champions League by Zamalek who beat them 5-0 leaving the Zambians side looking for redemption against another North African club.
Bizertin beat Nigerian side Warri Wolves 2-1 over two legs and were semi finalists in last year’s
Zambia Under-20 Coaches Spy on Mozambique, Namibia
- Under-20 in training
The Zambia Under-20 technical bench says it is keeping tabs on their opponents in the second round of the Africa Youth championships qualifiers.
And the team trained with a full complement of players this afternoon following the Kabwe Warriors and Zesco United players joining camp with Technical Director Honour Janza leading the afternoon session.
Assistant coach Bilton Musonda told bolazambia.com after the afternoon training sessions at Bank of Zambia Sports Complex that they had acquired footage of the first leg encounter between possible opponents Mozambique and Namibia with the former carrying the day via a 2-1 result.
Bilton Musonda (right), Honor Janza (centre) and Hector Chilombo
“We are monitoring our opponents in the Africa Youth qualifiers and have acquired a DVD on the first leg of the game involving Mozambique and Namibia played in Maputo with the host nation carrying the day winning 2-1,” Musonda said.
“We have tried to analyze their style of play to help us prepare well. We will be ready for them.”
Musonda said the fitness of the lads had been upped significantly by the league commencement.
“The boys are in better shape with the league on now we are at a better level a good number of them are playing like Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa), Austine Muwowo (Mine Police), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Patrick Ngoma (Zanaco), Lubambo Musonda at Power so that is a good picture,” he said.
Zambia will join the race for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship on the weekend of May, 9-11.
The team will await the winner between Mozambique and Namibia.
Sunzu, Sinkala on Renard’s Winning Side in France
- Sunzu receiving the March award
Chipolopolo stars Stophilla Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala played 90 minutes in French Ligue One side FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 2-0 win over Toulouse FC on Saturday night.
Sunzu, who has won the club’s player of the month award for the third time in a row, was presented with the March honour before the match. He remained a rock in the defence.
Sinkala also had an impressive game as an anchor while striker Emmanuel Mayuka’s days on the bench continued with fading hope the on-loan Southampton man will make the grade.
Jordan Ayew, the Ghanaian striker and Contout were on target in the 15th and 49 minute to give the Herve Renard coached side a lifeline in their struggle to survive relehation.
Sochaux have moved from bottom of the table when Sunzu and Sinkala to 17th on the 20-team log commandeered by Paris Saint Germain. Renard’s boys have 30 points.
Sunzu Hits ‘Hat-trick’ at Sochaux
Chipolopolo defender Stophilla Sunzu has hit a hattrick of awards at French Ligue 1 side scooping all Player of the Month trophies since arriving in December 2013.
The former TP Mazembe defender was voted man of the match for January and stayed top the following month with the latest award for March announced yesterday.
Sto, as he is fondly known, has scored four goals since arriving and is set to be a hot summer property for top clubs including revived interest from Arsenal in England
In the latest rating, Sunzu had a runaway voting tally of 45,2% of all votes and ahead of Sébastien Corchia (14,8%) and number three Yohann Pelé (13,2%).
According to the Sochaux website, the player will be presented with the March Play of the Month award on Saturday April 12.
The ever impressive Sunzu, who has scored four goals in 10 appearances, is set to play in tonight’s away match to Bastia.
We gave Zamalek too much respect-Mwale
Nkana coach Masautso Mwale says his side gave Zamalek too much respect in their 5-0 loss in the CAF Champions League pre-group stage second leg encounter.
In a post match interview, Mwale said his lads thought they were on top of things after a first goalless draw against the four time African champions in Kitwe.
The Zambian champions fell apart in Cairo to embarrassingly lose 5-0 and drop to the Confederation Cup.
“It is a very disappointing result but it is football it happens, we remain focused, we are dropping into the Confederation Cup,” he said.
“We will work hard and we have learnt one or two things from this game.”
He said, “We gave them too much respect, unlike the way we played them in Kitwe and they utilized their chances that they had. We gave them too much room.”
Nkana was hoping to break their jinx against their North African rivals but their poor run continued and they will have to resurrect their continental run in the second tier competition.
The Zambian champions got this far by seeing off challenges from Mbabane Swallows and Kampala City Council who they beat 5-4 and 4-3 in the preliminary and second round respectively.
Beaumelle relishes Japan challenge
- Patrice Beaumelle
Chipolopolo coach Patrice Beaumelle has expressed delight at the opportunity to play another World Cup bound team.
Speaking bolazambia.com at the Barclays Sports Complex this morning after leading the local lads through the paces at the commencement of the three-day training camp, Beaumelle said he will field his strongest possible side to give the best possible picture of Zambia.
Zambia plays Japan in Florida in an international friendly in June as the Blue Samurai prepare for the Brazil, 2014 Brazil outing.
Beaumelle has taken to holding monthly training camps for local players and said he has his sights on building on a strong team for the September, 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers.
“It will be very good to see the level where we are, I am sure Japan should be ready by then for Brazil,” he said.
“It will be a good test for us and for them. I know that we are not far to this kind of team but we have to be more consistent.”
He added: “You know it is a good opportunity for our boys to show that they will be ready for September.”
Beaumelle said Zambia will once again have a chance as against Brazil to showcase their brand of football.
“The most important is to show a good picture of our football in USA and to give a challenge for the boys,” he said.
“But the most important is to be ready for the qualifier in September it will be tough. I won’t give any gift to anybody I just want to bring the best players to make sure that we qualify for AFCON. “
He also hailed the local players for their commitment to duty as they challenge for places in the Chipolopolo set up.
Twenty one players reported to camp with two missing on the morning session.
Former U-20 Stars Mourn Coach Keagan Mumba
Former Under-20 stars have added their tributes to their fallen mentor Keagan Mumba with Evans Kangwa saying he was a father figure to many young players.
Zanaco midfielder Roderick Kabwe who Mumba shopped from Kabwe Warriors in the 2013 season to strengthen the team’s continental push said he had lost a mentor.
Speaking to bolazambia.com Kangwa who was the star of the 2012 Cosafa Cup Under-20 winning team under Mumba said the coach always spoke for players’ welfare.
Mumba and Kangwa were named 2012 Coach of the Year and Player of the Year accolades respectively as their efforts helped earn the junior team widespread admiration.
“Keagan was like a father to us footballers. He used to fight for us whenever there is a problem between the executive and the players Keagan would fight for the players,” Kangwa said.
“Working with Keagan was an exciting moment because he used to tell us so many tactics, so many things I think we will miss him so much especially those who have not worked with him they have missed a lot. “
And Kabwe chorused Kangwa’s sentiments, “Of course he was a very good coach and he played a very big role in our careers. We worked together at Under-20 in 2011 till he brought me to Zanaco. So I have lost great man.”
Mumba, 52, died over the weekend will be buried on Wednesday with the burial being held in Kanyama Township.
His no fear approach to management of the game often brought him in conflict with FAZ with Football House having slapped him with a three month ban.
The 2012 league winning coach drilled many local sides where his impact on modest outfits lifted them to formidable forces like Choma Eagles and Konkola Blades.
Wedson Nyirenda pays tribute to Keagan
Wedson Nyirenda has paid tribute to veteran coach Keagan Mumba who died on Sunday morning after an illness.
Nyirenda who is currently coaching Mozambique side HCB Songo said Zambia had lost a dynamic coach in Mumba.
The three-time Zambian league winning coach took to social media to give a glowing send off to his long term ally.
“The nation has lost a true son of the land. Real men like you are very hard to come by in our life. Especially in this Boat you and I have been paddling called “Football,” said Nyirenda.
“Keagan you stood on a “Platform of TRUTH in this game.” Your integrity was so amazing. Many are times when you have received lashes for standing in truth.”
Nyirenda said the 2012 Zambian coach of the year was a rare breed that replicated his knowledge of the game after his playing days.
“Keagan you showed great understanding and knowledge of the game of football when you were coaching. Do you know how I describe such kind of persons? Soccer Intellect, one who replicates his playing skills in coaching,” he said.
Mumba has coached several clubs in Zambia including Green Buffaloes, Zanaco, Konkola Blades, Nkwazi, Green Eagles, among others.
He is credited for his contribution to township sports, particularly the Sports for All programme in Chawama where he spent most of his life nurturing players like the late Chaswe Nsomfwa, Charles Mulinga, Ignatius Kapokola, Sydney Tembo, Boston Mwanza among others. He established teams such as Junior Matikays which featured in the Chawama amateur sports league.
Known for his candidness that once earned him a three month ban from football after he criticized former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard over the manner he conducted conytwide trials.
He masterminded Zanaco’s league coronation in the 2012 season. The funeral is being held in Kanyama Township where he resided.
Five star Zamalek thump Nkana
Nkana suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Zamalek to bow out of the 2014 CAF Champions League at the Air Defence Sports Village in Cairo.
The Zambian champions who offered little in terms of resistance found themselves trailing in the 20th minute when Ahmed Tawfik tapped home with Moamen Zakira making it 2-0 on 34 minutes with a well struck free kick further sending the visitors into misery.
Coach Masautso Mwale had hardly settled from the break when Mahoud Sayed goal piled more misery on Nkana with Zamalek’s third goal.
Whatever little hope Nkana had were dealt a vicious blow in the 58th minute before Hazem Emam added a fourth to break Nkana’s spine.
Zamalek showed no mercy for their visitors with Fathy Gaffar driving the final nail in the 69th minute to send the Zambian champions to the cleaners.
One of the few chances Nkana had cane in the 11th minute when Ronald Kampamba failed to tap in a Maybin Chishimba corner from inside the box.
The two sides went into the second leg tied at 0-all but the Egyptians showed the gulf in class by thumping the Zambian side.
Nkana will now drop to the Confederation Cup.
The loss summed up a dismal weekend for Zambian clubs in CAF competitions with Zesco having been booted out earlier in day after Ghanaian side Medeama edged them 2-0 on aggregate.
Zesco booted out of Confederation Cup
Zesco United have crashed out of the Confederation Cup after edging Ghanaian side Medeama 1-0 but bow out 2-1 on aggregate.
Substitute Jackson Mwanza’s 47th minute strike was not enough for George Lwandamina’s side who will now shift their attention to the local front where they had a winning start.
Zambia’s other flag carriers will be in action at 18:00 hours Zambian time when they face Zamalek away in Cairo in the CAF Champions League.
Zesco had got to the second round after seeing off a challenge from Mozambique outfit Ferroviario de Beira 1-0 over two legs.