Renard names squad to face Zambia

COACH Hervé Renard has named a 25 locally based Ivorian side to face Chipolopolo in this weekend’s preparatory match to be played at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.

This will be the first time the two sides will be meeting since the dramatic 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in Libreville, Gabon where Zambia beat Ivory Coast 8-9 on penalties to win the first ever continental title under Renard.

But both sides will feature locally based players as the match is not on a FIFA sanctioned date except that it will be played to commemorate Zambia’s Golden Jubilee which would have been celebrated a day earlier.

It will also be the first time Renard and his assistant Patrice Beaumelle make a return to Zambia since joining the Elephants, who are expected to arrive in the country tomorrow. Renard and Beaumelle will also be honoured during the Jubilee celebrations for being part of Zambia’s 2012 AFCON winning team.

The Ivorian side has Diabagaté Seck (AFAD), Gbohouo Sylvain (Sewé Sport), Gbohouo Sylvain (Séwé Sport), Britto Dagou Willie (AS Denguélé), Diallo Ismael Jean (ES Bingerville), Ismael Diallo Jean (ES Bingerville), and  Késsié Franck Yannick (Stella Club).

Others are Angban Bekanty Victoirien (Chelsea FC), Ousmane Ouattara (Séwé Sport), Koné Ibrahim (Séwé Sport), Diaby Ibrahim (SOA), Koffi Christian (Séwé Sport), Ngoh Brou Manasse (SOA) and Doumbia Idrissa (ES Bingerville).

The rest are Assale Roger (Séwé Sport), Ba Loua d’Avilla (Asec Mimosas), Krizo Gnahore (Korhogo FC), Djika Ephrem (Yopougon FC), Dao Lassina Junior (SOA), Dao Youssouf(AFAD), N’guessan Bi Noel (Séwé Sport) and Koffi Constant (AFAD).

Meanwhile, the Chipolopolo were yesterday expected to regroup in Lusaka ahead of the match.
Coach Honour Janza has summoned 26 local players for the match.

The squad has goalkeepers Satchmo Chakawa (Green Eagles), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows) and Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos).

Defenders are Rodrick Kabwe and Fackson Kapumbu (Zanaco), Kapota Kayawe and Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Christopher Munthali and Donashano Malama (Nkana), Alex Mwamba (Power), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes) and Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco).

The midfielders are Richard Kasonde and Julius Situmbeko (Power), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Bruce Musakanya, Patrick Ngoma and Shadreck Malambo (Arrows), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Larry Bwalya (Nchanga Rangers) and Fwayo Tembo (unattached).

The strikers are Given Sinyangwe (Roan United), Chisenga Lukwembe (Napsa Stars) Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba (Nkana), Humphrey Maseneko (Konkola Blades) and Alex Ng’onga (Power).


Busy weekend for players abroad as Chivuta wins league

Zambia international midfielder Noah Chivuta yesterday toasted his team, Nakhon Ratchasima’s promotion to the Thai top league as he scored two goals in their 4 – 1 win over bottom placed Sriracha.

Chivuta who has been one of the most consistent campaigners in the Thai Division 1 league and has become a household name in his city said he was happy to have delivered for his team.

“I am just happy to have helped my team win the league,” the experienced midfielder stated.

With two games to play, the win pushed Chivuta’s team to 66 points, 9 points ahead of second placed Saraburi.

In the Israeli league, striker Rogers Kola scored the second for his club Ironi Kiryat Shmona as they beat Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-0.

In other Ligat ha’Al action, Emmanuel Mbola walked straight in the starting line-up for his club Hapoel Ra’anana from national duty but could only help them to a 1 – 1 draw against Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Striker Evans Kangwa was an unused substitute for Ra’anana

In the PSL, two of Zambia’s most experienced players Kennedy Mweene and Christopher Katongo faced off when Mameoldi Sundonws drew 0 – 0 against Bidvest Wits.

While the Chipolopolo number 1 started and completed the match, Katongo came in as a late 88th minute substitute but the game had enough added on time for the Zambian striker too make his impact felt.

Mweene did not have much work to do but made two crucial saves in the game, one a reflex save off his foot. Katongo on the other hand showed a lot of experience in helping wind down the clock but was unlucky to see his volley from 35 yards just inch off Mweene’s goal in what would have been a spectacular match winning goal after he had rolled over his marker to shoot from range.

The draw keeps Wits in third position ahead of Sundowns on goal difference.

Collins Mbesuma has also continued to make appearances for Mpumalanga Black Aces as he came on in the 63rd minute to help his club grab an important 3 – 2 away win at Moroka Swallows.

Clifford Mulenga was not named on the bench for Ajax Capetown as they slumped to a 1 – 0 loss at home to Kaizer Chiefs.

Age-less and ever-green Joseph Musonda put in another 90 minute shift for Polokwane City as they went down 5 – 1 to Mukuka Mulenga and Davies Nkausu’s Bloemfontein Celtic.

Nkausu completed the match while Mulenga only lasted 59 minutes and was replaced by Motshegwa who accounted for two goals.

Rock bottom Amazulu failed to pick their first win of the season as they went down 1 – 0 at home to Chippa United in a game Zambian striker Bornwell Mwape played 90 minutes.

In Armenia, young Lubambo Musonda has continued to enjoy game time as his team Ulisses continues to be on course for a UEFA Champions League place.

Ulisses thrashed Gandzascar 7 – 1 to remain firmly on top of the log.

In France, Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu did not play as he his team Sochaux beat Chateroux 4 – 0 away in ligue 2 action.

Sochaux are currently in 7th position two points away from the last (third position) promotion place and four points behind leaders Dijon who have a game in hand.

In Switzerland, Nathan Sinkala was not in action for Grasshoppers as they went down 3 – 1 to FC Zurich. Sinkala is said to have been down with a fever since his return from international duty.

Grasshoppers who finished second in the league last season are currently wallowing in 8th position having only picked 3 wins in 12 games.

In the DRC, only Kabaso Chongo was named in Patrice Carterons TP Mazembe team that lost 1 – 0 away to Sanga Balende.

Chongo who was not named in the Chipolopolo team that beat Niger 3 – 0 in Ndola in midweek played the entire match but there was no place even on the bench for his compatriots, Jonas Sakuwaha, Given Singuluma and Rainford Kalaba.

Striker, Luka Lungu was unused as he warmed the bench for CS Don Bosco in their 4-0 home victory over AS Bantous.

In China, James Chamanga only made the bench as Liaoning Whowin registered a vital 3 – 1 win over Changchun Yatai which moves them 2 two places away from relegation.

In India, Kondwani Mtonga and Isaac Chansa were both in action for North East United in their 1-1 draw with FC Goa.

Chisamba Lungu saw his side move to a more comfortable 12th position when they won 2 – 0 at home agains Spartak Moscow.

Chisamba coming from straight from international duty having played in the two games against Niger started on the bench and was introduced in the 61st minute.

And as already reported, Emmanuel Mayuka made his season debut for Southampton after coming on in the 80th minute in their 8 – 0 win over Sunderland.




Oily Indeni condemn Roan to relegation

Roan United have been relegated from the FAZ MTN Super League with three games to play after they were beaten 1 – 0 by Indeni in a rescheduled week 27 fixture played in Kitwe today.

Norman Munthali scored the goal that made the difference in the game as veteran coach Fordsaon Kabole watched helplessly from the bench as his team slid down to the lower league with only 3 wins to to show for in 27 outings.

In what was a battle of the two bottom teams, Indeni did their chances of survival some good as they moved into 14th place on 27 points, with two points from safety.

Roan United on the other hand remained stuck rock bottom on 17 points and 12 points away from the last safe position.


Zesco, Nkana in Barclays Cup final

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MTN FAZ Super League Champions Nkana FC will face three time record Barclays Cup Champions Zesco United in the final of the Barclays Cup.

Zesco will have Matthews Nkowane to thank for the victory after he rose the highest to head home in injury time for Zesco to run away as 1 – 0 victors over stubborn Napsa Stars.

Nkana on the other hand dispatched Konkola Blades with a 2 – 0 scorleine.

Goals from Claude Bwalya and Simon Bwalya who benefitted from a man of the match, Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba assist, were enough to propel Nkana into the final.

The final has been scheduled for November 22 at a yet to be named venue.

Mayuka makes EPL season debut


Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka made his season debut today coming on in the 80th minute for Southampton in their 8 – 0 thrashing of Sunderland.

Mayuka who has been a constant feature on the Southampton bench stepped on the pitch with Southampton leading 7 – 0 as he replaced the club’s main striker Pelle who accounted for a brace in the match.

Mayuka showed his natural pace and high work rate in the few minutes he was on the pitch.

The Zambian international will look back to a good week which saw him score for Zambia in the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup qualifier against Niger for the first time since 15 August 2012 when he score in a friendly against Korea in 2012.

Zesco, Nkana eye Barclays Cup final

Barclays Cup

MTN FAZ Super League log leaders Zesco United will look to maintain their good form in the league which has seen them shoot to the top of the log when they face Napsa Stars in what promises to be a cracking Barclays Cup semi final match.

Zesco have won four times in the last five games while Napsa have only managed two wins losing twice.

The other semi final will see outgoing Super League Champions play ‘Sharp’ Konkola Blades in a game Nkana who look favorites to carry the day.

However, Blades are not pushovers and Nkana will go in the game knowing that that the Chililabombwe based side eliminated Lusaka giants Zanaco in Lusaka on their way to the semi final.

Both games will be played at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe and will be live on Supersport.

Barclays Cup semi-finals
12:45 Zesco United vs Napsa Stars
15:00 Nkana vs Konkola Blades

Janza names squad to face Ivory Coast


Honour Janza has named a 26 man squad of local players to face Ivory Coast next weekend as part of the 50th Independence Jubilee celebrations.

Janza has handed called to new faces to the team in Green Eagles goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa and Napsa Stars forward Chisenga Lukwembe.

Also included in the team are seven U20 players led by Charles Zulu who played in the last two AFCON qualifiers against Niger. The other U20 players are, Kayawe Kapota, Boyd Mkandawire, Alex Mwamba, Larry Bwalya, Spencer Sautu and Patrick Ngoma.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Danny Munyao (Red Arrows), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Satchmo Chakawa (Green Eagles)

Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Nkana) Given Sinyangwe (Roan United), Kayawe Kapota (Kafue Celtic), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Alex Mwamba (Power Dynamos), Fackson Kapumbu (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Rodrick Kabwe (Zanaco)

Midfielders: Julius Situmbeko (Power Dynamos), Fwayo Tembo (Unattached), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Larry Bwalya (Nchanga Rangers), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows) Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Richard Kasonde (Power Dynamos)

Strikers: Humphrey Maseneko (Konkola Blades), Alex Ngonga (Power Dynamos), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Chisenga Lukwembe (Napsa Stars)

Zambia pick a decent point as they bow out of AWC

Mupopo Womens Team

The Chipolopolo Queens bowed out of the on-going CAF Africa Womens Championship with a decent 1 – 1 draw against Ivory Coast who have proceeded to the next round.

Zambia again had a poor start to the game and quickly fell behind in the second minute.

However, the Charles Bwale coached lasses picked themselves up to make the match a contest.

Captain Mupopo Kabange was a thorn in the Ivorian defence but the Zambians failed to make a break through despite having efforts on goal.

Zambia managed to level matters when a brilliant run by Kabange ended with a square ball for Susan Banda who scored with a right footed finish for Zambia to celebrate their first goal of the tournament.

Zambia lost the first game to hosts Namibia by 2 – 0, before being whitewashed by Nigeria via a 6 – 0 scoreline.

Chipolopolo quaeens in final AWC match

ZAMBIA will this afternoon be seeking to wrap up a disappointing TN Mobile 2014 Africa Women Championship (AWC) maiden appearance on a high note when they take on Les Elephants of Ivory Coast in their final Group A match at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

Having lost their last two games to the hosts Namibia via a 2-0 score and the 6-0 bashing to six-time champions and tournament favorites Nigeria to bow out of the competition, the Shepolopolo will be aiming for a face saver result.

The Shepolopolo must put up brave faces to down an impressive Les Elephants side that is still in contention of a semi-final spot together with Namibia, whom they silenced 3-1 on Tuesday.

Zambia have so far conceded eight goals and scored none in the last two games and Coach Charles Bwale will be looking for a better show from the lasses.

However, things have not also not been rosy in the locker room as the national team players are reported to have protested over non payment of allowances.


Morocco withdraw rights to host 2015 AFCON due to Ebola scare


Morocco has withdrawn its rights to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations tournament which was scheduled owing to the Ebola scare.

Morocco last week wrote to CAF who they gave three scenarios with an option of pulling out and face any consequences CAF did not give in to their requests.

The other two options were for CAF to let them host the 2017 AFCON or CAF to postpone AFCON 2015 to 2016

South Africa are already looking to be in contention to pick the pieces and take up the hosting of the tournament next year.

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