No league games this weekend

Jackson M

The Football Association of Zambia FAZ has announced that the Super League games and all other activities organised by the association will not take off this weekend.

According to a statement obtained from FAZ by ZamFoot, the rescheduling of the games has been necessitated to allow for the period of national mourning following the death of Republican President HE Michael Chilufya Sata.

“All super league, division one, two, three, Futsal and indeed any other matches organized under the ambit of the Football Association of Zambia, at provincial and district levels will not take place this weekend,” the statement read.

Chipolopolo Queens fume after payment of K1,500

Mupopo Womens Team

The Zambia national women’s team stated that the money paid to them by FAZ after their participation in the Africa Women’s Championship in Namibia is an insult.

The players who had refused to go back home but remained at the FAZ technical center complained that FAZ was even asking them to return the kit used at the championship while some vowed not to play for the national team again.

“They told us they will pay us half and we know that half of the amount should be, K6,000 not this K1,500 we are being given. This is an insult to us,” the players complained.

“We are in shock because FAZ is demanding that we return the full kit which includes jerseys, boots, truck suits bought for us by NOWSPAR and cycling shorts before they can give us our money,” the girls said.

“FAZ says they are not happy with our behaviour, we are equally not happy with their warning, this issue would not have reached this far if we were given what is due to us,” they said.

“From today I have ended my football career both at club and national team level because it is not beneficial but a sheer waste of time. I am urging my fellow girls not to take football as a career because it’s not beneficial, let them concentrate on school. To be honest FAZ have messed up my talent,” she said.

Meanwhile, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the Shepolopolo players have been paid what was promised to them.

“Everyone has been given part of their money as we promised on Monday and we have told the girls when to come and collect the rest of their allowances,” Tembwe said.

I miss Zambia and will definitely come back – Beaumelle

Patrice

FORMER national team coach Patrice Beaumelle says his heart is still in Zambia and he has not ruled out coming back in future.

“I miss Zambia and will definitely come back in future,” said Beaumelle, who is Ivory Coast national team assistant coach.

Beaumelle was in the country last week with Ivory Coast for an international friendly against Zambia that ended 1-1 at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium.

Both Beaumelle and Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard were honoured during the 50th Independence anniversary for guiding Zambia to its first ever Africa Cup title in 2012.

“My will was to stay in Zambia but I will for sure come back,” he said.

Beaumelle took over as head coach when Renard left to drill French outfit Sochaux.

And Renard, who also has intentions of coming back, believes he was lucky to win the 2012 African title.

“I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time with fantastic people. Zambia has a lot of potential with talented players. I feel I will finish my life here if you accept me,” he said.

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Zambia Mourns – What are your memories of our late President?

Sata

AS YOU ARE AWARE, HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA HAS BEEN RECEIVING MEDICAL ATTENTION IN LONDON, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

HE LEFT ZAMBIA WITH THE FIRST LADY AND OTHER CLOSE
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ON OCTOBER 20, 2014.

HOWEVER, IT IS WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART THAT I ADDRESS YOU TODAY, TO INFORM THE NATION THAT OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT AND LEADER, HIS EXCELLENCY, MR MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA HAS PASSED ON.

THE HEAD OF STATE PASSED ON, ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 IN LONDON AT 23:11 HOURS ZAMBIAN TIME AT KING EDWARD VII HOSPITAL BEAUMONT CENTRAL LONDON

HIS SPOUSE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, DR CHRISTINE KASEBA-SATA, HIS SON HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF LUSAKA, MULENGA SATA AND OTHERS WERE PRESENT AT THE BEDSIDE AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING ON.

PRESIDENT SATA WAS BORN ON JULY 6, 1937. MR. SATA BECAME THE FIFTH PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA ON SEPTEMBER 23 2011 AFTER A POPULAR POLL.

PRESIDENT SATA’S DEMISE IS DEEPLY REGRETTED.

DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD, I URGE ALL OF YOU TO REMAIN CALM, UNITED AND PEACEFUL DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD.

THE NATION WILL BE KEPT INFORMED OF OTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE FUNERAL AND BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

GOD BLESS ZAMBIA

ROLAND MSISKA – SECRETARY TO THE CABINET

 

Lubambo receives national team call up

Midfield sensation Lubambo Musonda’s exploits in Europe for His club Ulisses has received recognition as th U20 captain has been called to the national team that will face Mozambique and Cape Verde next month.

Musonda who is fresh from scoring a cracking 44th minute goal for his club over the weekend in their 3 – 2 win over Ararat is back in the national team fold for the first time under coach Janza after he last featured for Zambia in a 3 – 4 loss to Japan in which he scored a spectacular goal on 7th June.

Lubambo’s goal helped his club continue with their unbeaten run and they are firmly at the top with Emmanuel Mbola’s former team Pyunik in second place 13 points behind.

Chamanga’s brace helps his club survive relegation

Chamanga

James Chamanga helped his club Liaoning Whowin survive relegation when he scored a brace to help them to a 2 – 1 win away at Dalian Aerbin.

This was a key game for Liaoning in their race for survival as they were playing a team occupying the last relegation place and a point behind them. A loss would gave condemned Liaoning into relegation with a game to play in the season.

However, Chamanga and his team mates came out of the blocks with guns blazing and the Zambian took only three minutes to register his name on the score-sheet.

Chen Tao pulled on back for the hosts in the 55th minute before Chamanga wrapped up his brace in the 73rd minute.

Chamanga is currently the club’s leading scorer with 11 goals in 19 appearances.

Nkana spoil Power’s title charge as Zanaco hold Zesco

Zanaco goalie

NKana on Sunday afternoon slowed Power Dynamos charge for a league title when they beat the title contenders 2 – 1 away from home to earn the bragging rights in the Kitwe derby.

The two teams went to the break locked at 0 – 0 and Power could have taken the lead from the spot but Kennedy Mudenda saw his spot kick come off the post.

However Nkana managed to scramble in a goal through Derrick Mwansa who redeemed himself after a conceding the penalty before Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba rounded up a stellar with week with a goal for the champions to add to the goal he scored for Zambia on a national duty yesterday.

Kampamba showed good anticipation when he pounced on a poor headed back pass to lob past an on rushing Joshua Titima.

The loss for Power means that they are now joined by Zanaco on 54 points after the bankers managed to hold Zesco at home to a scoreless draw.

Despite the draw, the weekend still ended in Zesco’s favor as they extended their lead at the top to two points.

The battle for survival also continues to rage as Red Arrows, Green Buffaloes and Konkola Mine Police all recorded wins with Buffaloes mauling Nakambala Leopards 5 – 1.

The standings in relegation have thus not changed with Roan United relegated, while Indeni, Konkola Mine Police and Red Arrows occupy the other relegation places.

WEEK 28 RESULTS:

Sunday October 26.

Power 1-2 Nkana
Zesco 0-0 Zanaco
Assembly 2-0 Blades
Buffaloes 5-1 Nakambala
Red Arrows 1-0 Napsa
Eagles 0-0 Roan

Saturday, October 25

Konkola Mine Police 2 – 0 Indeni
Nchanga Rangers 0 – 0 Kabwe Warriors

 

Who goes top of the league?

Jackson Mwanza

The focus for the FAZ MTN Super League will be on the Copperbelt as the top four teams battling it out for the top slot in what will be winner takes top slot for either Zesco United, Power Dynamos or Zanaco on Sunday.

Leaders Zesco host third placed Zanaco while second placed Power host champions Nkana.

The math is simple for Zesco as they only need to win to guarantee that they stay top of the log while a loss could see the end the week in 3rd position if Power pick maximum points as well. A win for Zanaco could leave them in the first position provided Power fails to beat Nkana.

A draw will only keep Zesco on top if Power lose to Nkana in what remains to be the biggest fixture of the Zambian game.

Power on the other hand will be hoping to collect maximum points against Nkana and will keep their ears on the proceedings in Ndola as they will be praying for Zanaco to do them a favor against Zesco.

 

Sunday, October 26.

15:00 Konkola Mine Police vs Indeni
15:00 Nchanga Rangers vs Kabwe Warriors

13:00 Green Buffaloes vs Nakambala Leopards – Woodlands Stadium
15:00 National Assembly vs Konkola Blades – Woodlands Stadium
15:00 Green Eagles vs Roan United – Independence Stadium
15:00 Red Arrows vs Napsa Stars – Nkoloma Stadium
15:00 Zesco United vs Zanaco – Trade Fair Ground
15:00 Power Dynamos vs Nkana – Arthur Davis Stadium (Live on Supersport)

Power Dynamos are highest ranked team in Zambia

Power

Power Dynamos are the highest ranked team in Zambia according to the footballdatabase.com

The ranking system for the clubs, which works similarly to the system used by FIFA to calculate the ranking of the world’s national teams has Power ranked in a dismal 102nd position with TP Mazembe (DRC), Al-Merreikh (Sudan), AS Vita (DRC), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Al Hilal Omdurman (Sudan) in the Africa top five.

According to the rankings released on 19th October, 2014 and monitored by Zambianfootball.co.zm Power are trailed in Zambia by Zanaco, Zesco United, Nkana FC, and Nchanga Rangers.

The Zambian top ten is completed by Red Arrows, Green Buffaloes, Napsa Stars, Konkola Blades and Kabwe Warriors.

The top four teams in the rankings are the same teams occupying the top four places in the league though not in the same corresponding order.

Jacob on target, Sunzu in action as Sochaux draw

Sunzu

Jacob Mulenga’s 76th minute goal helped Adana Dermispor rescue a vital point at home against log leaders Antalyaspor.

This was Mulenga’s third goal in 5 appearances for the Turkish Ligue 1 side who are three points outside the last promotion place.

Elsewhere in Europe, Chipolopolo defender Stoppilla Sunzu started on the bench as his team battled to a 1 – 1 draw against Laval.

Sochaux took the lead through an Edouard Butin penalty on the stroke of half time before Laval leveled in the 53rd minute.

Sunzu was introduced in the 62nd minute and he did not disappoint as he helped steady the the Sochaux defence.

Sochaux are currently in seventh position a point outside the three promotion places.

Sunzu and Mulenga are both expected to be called for the match against Mozambique and Cape Verde next month.

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