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Chipolopolo Queens in limbo over payment of allowances

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has distanced himself from the plight of the Zambia National Women’s team stating that his ministry is not responsible for paying the Chipolopolo Queens and is only responsible for the Senior Men’s Team.

Kambwili stated that his Ministry is only responsible for paying the Senior Men’s Team while the Junior Teams and the Women’s Team are FAZ’s responsibility.

Kambwili has further advised the ladies who have refused to leave the FAZ Technical centre until they are paid to be patriotic.

“The first thing that should be at heart is Zambia before other interests like money comes in. They must be patriotic enough to sacrifice for Mother Zambia. I advise the girls to put the interest of the country first and money last,” he said.

However, the POST has reported that the players have said the chef who was supposed to cook for them had vanished.

They also say power to their rooms was also disconnected in FAZ’s bid to disperse them without reasonable pay.

The players wondered why FAZ was suddenly treating them like outcasts.

But ZamFoot understands that Football House is broke.

A FAZ employee who spoke to ZamFoot on conditions of anonymity said FAZ is broke.

“We don’t have money at the moment. I can’t explain why we are so broke. Even our salaries have been so delayed that many staff are also demoralised. We have played two international games at home recently home but it doesn’t seem to appear there is any proper financial accountability to alleviate the situation,”

“We were hoping that the bonuses of about US$1million which FIFA announced in June in Brazil and has since given all national associations would help us as employees and even the women team but there is nothing,” said the source.

The players were promised US$80 per day for the period they were in Windhoek.

Chris has given his life to Zambian football and deserves respect – Kalu


KALUSHA Bwalya says the decision to drop Christopher Katongo from the national team entirely lies with the Chipolopolo technical bench.

And Bwalya says Katongo has sacrificed a lot for Zambia and deserves respect and sympathy from all well-meaning soccer fans.

“Chris Katongo needs to move on from the camp debacle, recover and give more to football and the nation of Zambia. I feel sad for what happened to Chris because the Katongo I know is a disciplined soldier, a dedicated footballer and a good family man. He may have made a mistake here and there but like in a football match, you can get a yellow card and even a red card but you have to come back stronger afterwards,” said Bwalya in an interview.

The FAZ president added: “Katongo has given his life to Zambian football and so deserves respect. We cannot crucify such a man like sadists. He needs sympathy from all of us. But because he needs to be a good example, Chris [Katongo] needs to recoup himself and come back stronger.”

Katongo was sent away from the Chipolopolo camp that was preparing for the game against Niger on October 15, when he was alleged to have skipped camp and spent a night in his girlfriend’s room. There were also reports of a fallout with the technical bench and accusations of being a bad influence within the camp.


Chipolopolo back in FIFA Top 20

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The Zambia national team has made some recovery on the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings after they rose 10 places on the ladder.

With only the two games against Niger under consideration, Zambia broke back into the Africa top 20 which is led by Algeria with Cape Verde who beat Zambia in 4th position and an impressive 33rd in the world.

Togo who beat Uganda home and away were the biggest movers up the ladder in Africa as they moved 73 places to rank 10th in Africa.

Africa Top 20:

15 1 Algeria 25 2 Côte d’Ivoire 31 3 Tunisia 33 4 Cape Verde Islands 35 5 Ghana 38 6 Egypt 40 7 Cameroon 41 8 Senegal 42 9 Nigeria 52 10 Togo 55 11 Guinea 57 12 South Africa 58 13 Mali 60 14 Congo DR 62 15 Congo 67 16 Gabon 71 17 Burkina Faso 73 18 Libya 77 19 Sierra Leone 78 20 Zambia

Renard and his elephants arrive


Herve Renard has arrived in the country with the Ivory Coast national soccer for an Independence jubilee friendly encounter to be played at the National Heroes stadium on Sunday.

The Frenchman who will be honoured with his compatriot Patrice Beaumelle during the Investiture Ceremony on the 50th Independence Day will be coming back to Zambia for the first time as coach since he left the Chipolopolo job.

Charges for the match have been pegged at K 50 all round except VIP which is at K300.

Ticket sales will begin on Friday at most Post offices in Lusaka and a selected few on the Copperbelt and Kabwe.

However VIP tickets will only be sold from Football House.

Kambwili wants a German to help drill Chipolopolo

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwli has asked the German government to help get a top Bundesliga coach to come and help in drilling Chipolopolo.

Honour Janza is head coach of the 2012 champions of Africa and has technical assistants who include Dutch coach Nico Labhom, Chintu Kampamba and goalkeeper trainer Davis Phiri.

Kambwili has been very vocal in calling for the beefing up of the Chipolopolo bench.

He had previously told FAZ to get Honor Janza help before FAZ moved to employ Labhom.

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.

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