Chipolopolo’s poor travel arrangements upsets Janza
Poor travel arrangements for the Zambia national soccer team has upset the Chipolopolo Boys technical bench including coach Honour Janza, Zambianfootball.co.zm can exclusively reveal.
According to the ZamFoot Crew insiders at the team’s base at Johannesburg’s Milpark Hotel, the change in the travel arrangements hasn’t gone to well with the players and the coach.
The official CAF program indicates that Zambia was scheduled to arrive in Ebibeyin, Equatorial Guinea on today [Wednesday] at around 12h00 but the 2012 African Champions will now touch down in Equatorial Guinea on Fridayo, 48 hours before they face DR Congo in the Group B opening match.
“The boss [Janza] is not happy with the way team ‘s travel arrangements have been done,” a ZamFoot Crew source said.
While the team expected a chartered plane to Equatorial, the Football Association of Zambia, FAZ has already communicated to the team manager Lusekelo Kamwambi that they have been booked on a commercial plane.
The team leaves for Equatorial Guinea on Thursday 14th January and is expected to arrive 16th January at their Ebibeyin base from where Chipolopolo will launch its campaign for a second Africa Cup title.
The team will have a one-night stop in Addis Ababa awaiting a connecting flight to Malabo where they are expected to land around 12:00hrs before taking another flight to Mongomoyen from where they will drive to Ebibeyin.
“There’s nothing which can be done on Friday after arriving. The players will be jet lagged and fatigue will still be there. And on Saturday, it will just be light training a feel of the turf at venue of the match.
This means that Zambia will lose 2 days of training and will hold their last proper training session today [Wednesday] and instead of having tailor made sessions, Janza will be more worried with fatigue.
In the last 5 days, FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya has been globetrotting attending Glo-CAF Awards and Ballon d’or awards instead of fixing the team’s travel arrangements together with FAZ General Secretary George Kasengele.
Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has been sandwiched in campaigns as he has completely forgotten about the national team.
Zambia will face neighbours DR Congo on Sunday with kickoff at 17h00.
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