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.
“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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