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Andrew Kamanga lauds Chipolopolo Boys win…confirms Daka and Mwepu to miss Tunisia clash

Zambia began her 2022 Qatar Word Cup Qualifiers on a winning note by edging hosts Mauritania 1 – 2 to collect maximum points on match day 1 of the first-round group stage fixtures.

Addressing players, technical bench and stakeholders after the match, FAZ President Andrew Kamanga was full of praise for the Chipolopolo Boys.

“Congratulations on a job well done. We had no doubt that you came here to collect the 3 points,” Kamanga said.

“As we said, this is a good beginning. It’s always important to win the first game. Especially when you play away. This is why our executive is fully committed on this mission, to go for the World Cup for the first time.”

The FAZ boss added, “So we’ve still got five more games to go before we go to the second round. This is a good start.”

As the titanic battle with Tunisia next Tuesday hovers on the horizon, Kamanga was quick to urge his troops to maintain focus.

“On Tuesday we are playing again. We should put this win behind us. It’s already done and dusted. Our minds should be on the next 90 minutes next week Tuesday. That is our target,” he said.

Kamanga further confirmed England based duo of Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu have been ruled out the next Tuesday’s World Cup qualifiers against Tunisia due to the prevailing Covid restrictions.

Premier League clubs last month unanimously agreed that they will not release players for international games in red-list countries.
Zambia is on the United Kingdom red list for the Coronavirus epidemic meaning Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu would have to undergo a mandatory ten-day quarantine period if they came for the World Cup qualifier against Tunisia.

“Of course, we will miss our colleagues, the captain [Enock Mwepu] and Patson [Daka]. But as a team, we still have enough cover.”

However, Kamanga encouraged the Chipolopolo Boys to continue this trajectory and called for teamwork as Zambia seeks a maiden World Cup appearance.

“We just have to continue building. We still have games next month in October. I hope issues of Covid would be resolved by then,” he said.

“But whoever is part of the first eleven and those who are on the bench, just remember that we are all fighting for one cause, which is to go to the World Cup for the first time.”

Kamanga also took time to acknowledge the support rendered by the government.

“We’ve been given a lot of encouragement. Yesterday the Head of State, H.E. President Hakainde even sent us a message of goodwill just to encourage the team.  So, for that we are happy that we’ve repaid his faith in the team with this victory,” he said.

“We should continue on that journey next week Tuesday,” Kamanga emphasized.

The Chipolopolo Boys will host Tunisia next week Tuesday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Zambia and Tunisia are currently level on 3 points, with the later topping the table on account of goal difference after last night’s resounding 3-0 home win over Equatorial Guinea.


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17 Comments to Andrew Kamanga lauds Chipolopolo Boys win…confirms Daka and Mwepu to miss Tunisia clash

  1. Frank says:

    Well spoken Faz President. The engine of the team now depends on Lubambo Musonda and Edward Chilufya. Tandi Mwape could come in.but Rodrick Kabwe his side was a weak hence more entries where made to his side.

  2. Edwin says:

    WE CAN DO IT ZAMBIA 1-Tunisia 0

  3. Truth - Seleniko Twikale says:

    Chambeshi please call Justin Shonga and Larry Bwalya, I know you don’t like Shonga but please swallow your pride.

  4. Pls call kalaba renford and sunzu for the next game

  5. Chali says:

    Leave the coach alone.

  6. If equatorial guinea can loose three goals to nil to Tunisia ,who are we Zambians?
    Let’s do this ba FAZ kindly please invite in rainford kalaba and please you shouldn’t be leaving out of the game Kelvin kampamba that guy he is good so the next match against Tunisia please let the guy starts the game,shonga must come inn make a plan twapapata ,the game of pupupu we don’t want,fwayeni ba puleya bamano.

  7. Kalangu says:

    At times like this we need shonga to lead the line.
    Just try to fit him in our future plans

  8. Frog says:

    Shonga is not a sharp striker as most of you think

  9. Sibs says:

    Thank you FAZ for your organisation and all. Please update us on Cletus Chama. He surely doesn’t need a visa to come Zambia does he? We need him against a tougher opponent Tunisia also Emmanuel Banda and Larry Bwalya to replace Enock and Body Musonda.

    Our Midfield was missing almost the whole game. Body disappears in big games.
    As much as we celebrate the win yesterday we should not be carried away Tunisia will a tougher game.

  10. Chindika Popeye Nguni says:

    Calling for Kalaba is the same as calling for Hichani Himoonde in defense.kikikiki…As for Shonga had he been sharp at goal he wouldn’t be clubless as we speak. I would prefere Musonda Mwape pali shonga

  11. Jonas Zebiggie says:

    Spineless idiot. Did FAZ protest to FIFA?

  12. Mathews says:

    Three points was good but what kind of system was our coaches using just attacking for twenty minutes n the rest defending kwena ba coach

  13. Musaila Happy says:

    So other players are yellow hot, England is special

  14. Tony mash says:

    Shonga signed by simba fc. Kamanga he doesn’t know much about football. Why is he acting as team manager. That’s not his duty. It really shows that he is involved in team selection. Busy marketing players

  15. Febian Nzala says:

    Zambia under Kamanga and his tech bench…kuwayawaya fye. Can this FAZ explain under what program the sucrificial lamba in the name of Ba Beston Chambeshi is operating???? Who are the croatians in the backroom…. bakalamba ba Beston muntu wandi…step aside before Kamanga puts the blame on you if you value your career and your standing at Nkana. Ukwali insoke takwafwile bantu.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Bury your heads in the sand. Zambia as it is can never qualify to the world cup finals.

  17. Insamba says:

    Very true.it will be difficult to win minus Enock and patson.

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