Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Chipolopolo arrive from Congo

The Zambia national football team has arrived in Lusaka from Congo were they played out to a 1 – 1 draw with that country.

The Rwanda Air flight carrying the Chipolopolo touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 06h10.

Winston Kalengo rescued a point as he scored a 72nd minute equaliser to cancel out Jordan Massengo’s 47th minute opener.

The two team’s played out to another draw on Wednesday with the same two players on target.

Zambia can now not afford to drop points when they will travel to Guinea Bissau during the weekend of 3rd to 5th June before hosting Kenya in the final group match in September if they have to make it to the finals.

The group winner will join hosts Gabon, 12 other winners and two best overall runners-up for the final tournament which will be hosted by Gabon.

Photo – Kennedy Mweene and Davies Nkausu with Chipolopolo fan Sydney at the KK International Airport before the two left for their bases in SA

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  1. All the best in the next two games. In my opinion, while I appreciate the Adrian Chama and Buchizya Mfune central defence pair, I strongly believe that the central defensive pair of Sunzu and Munthali is the best and has always worked well for Zambia. Mayuka should also be considered moving forward. With coming back of other key players such as Kangwa, Chisamba, Sunzu and probably Mayuka, Mbola and Singuluma, the following squad and players are what we need if we want to qualify:

    1. MWEENE
    2. MBOLA
    3. Kabaso Chongo
    10. Collins Mbesuma


    1. Adrian Chama
    2. Jacob Banda
    3. Stephen Kabamba
    4. Lubambo Musonda
    5. Emmanuel Mayuka
    6. Evans Kangwa
    7. Davies Nkausu
    8. Buchizya Mfune
    9. Singuluma
    10. Luchanga

  2. Can somebody help me please !! Gabon are hosting 2017 AFCON. But to my suprise they are competing in group I. Why is this so? What I knew was that the Hosting nation is suppose to qualify automatically as host. They’re group I leaders with 7 points, in second is Ivory COST on 5points. Did the rules change that the host have to complete in order for them to participate?

    • Leone Stars edge Gabon in Freetown
      by Staff Reporter

      Monday Mar 28, 2016. 21:01

      Umaru Bangura scored a first-half penalty as Sierra Leone secured a 1-0 win over Gabon in an international friendly match at National Stadium in Freetown on Monday.

      The Leone Stars captain converted from the spot with 13 minutes on the clock as the West Africans exacted revenge on their opponents.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Malick Evouna scored for Gabon in a 2-1 win in Franceville this past weekend.

      Due to Gabon hosting the 2017 African Cup of Nations next year, all the Group I matches against the Panthers count as friendlies, with no points awarded.

      Aaron Appindangoyé’s handball inside the area afforded Sierra Leone the opportunity to open the scoring; Bangura duly stepped up to send the home crowd into delirium.

      The Panthers pressed for the equalizer, but Sierra Leone held on to seal a memorable win.

      AFCON qualifying resumes in June with the Leone Stars hosting Sudan before travelling to the Ivory Coast in September.

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    • Lameck, AFCON 2017 was supposed to be hosted by Libya who pulled out due to turmoil in that country and Gabon were picked to replace them as hosts. As Gabon were already in drawn in one of the groups, it was agreed that they would play games against those in that group though these matches will only be considered as friendlies and not counted for the standings.

  3. Nathan needs to up his game!!! He has become too comfortable en needs competition. Benson Sakala from power dynamos should also be called up for the # 6 position.

    • He must also tone down on his careless play …too many cautions don’t do his reputation any good. I fear that Refs start keeping a very close eye on him. Being part of TP has made him very well known to CAF Refs .

  4. Just hire Stephen Keshi before its too late, I don’t understand why it is taking too long to start discussing with Keshi when obstructionist Kalu is no more. Keshi will wallop Bissau and Kenya at minimum 3 goals and we will finish top of the group.

    • Keshi is too controversial for his own good. He is a good coach, but I think his man management style does not help. He has not left a single one of his jobs on a good note. He qualified Togo to the world cup and left unceremoniously and same thing in Nigeria. Its rather sad, because he could do great things, but I wouldn’t take the risk if I was in charge of FAZ.

      FAZ needs to go to the drawing board and identify a coach who is either young and hungry (like Herve Renard) that will be affordable and can do well, or they can go with true and tested veteran (the likes of Claude Leroy) to make things work.

  5. congrates boys it was a gud results lets prepare fore guinea bissau & kenya if we can beat these two teams we wil qualify as a group winers or two best loosers

    • Then we will qualify as group winners. And that should be our objective now. Surely Kalengo needs to play at an AFCON tournament and some of our older players such as Mbesuma and Katongo also need to have a last AFCON before they hang up their boots.

  6. If Kalusha was still in power we would have arrive in Brazzaville on the day of the game. Organisation is already starting to show.

  7. Kalengo is like wine….gets better with age. After what we’ve seen, we now know that Congo/Brazza isn’t a bad league and Kalengo made a good choice.

  8. @John the travel arrangements to Congo Brazzaville were done by the Previous Administration and not Kamanga’s. I don’t think the new Admin could have done that in such a short time in office.
    The flight was booked way in advance.
    Though I wish Kamanga all the best and let him do better than Kalu’s administration which will be good for our soccer.

  9. Sad to hear that Wesley Mondo passed on. Wesley once coached Kalulushi Modern Stars, City ya Moto, National Assembly , Zesco United etc…
    He at one time was Coach for National U-20.
    As a former Kalulushi home boy I salute this man for helping our Modern Stars.

  10. We had a poor start to the game but the finish was inspiring. Our players and coach need to be commended for that. i have watched so many Zambia games were we have just given up when in a losing position, so excuse me for enjoying it when i see a fighting spirit every now and then even if the final score is a draw. The Chris Katongo effect on our games is becoming legendary. This man is real warrior. Again our biggest weakness was central defense. Mfune and Chama are average and if played against any of africa’s top five teams we would ship alot of goals. Chama is settling i must admit but is not yet there. Our set piece defending is still very worrying practically armatuerish. Mbesuma was our best player. Lubambo was mediocre. Jack Chirwa was below mediocre. Sinkala was mediocre. We needed something from the bench and Katongo and Luchanga provided it. The Luchanga boy is fearless, definitely one for the future.

  11. we need to win the remaining two matches for us to stand any chance of going to the Nations Cup, and we must score as many goals as possible. I still feel we have a good team that can do just that.Good luck to Zambia.

  12. We are fine now if fans can come up with more or less the same lineup make my words the team has matured and stabilized. if we can pull thru the qualifiers.We will do well in Gabon.We have been unlucky in the four games played missing a penalty and hitting the posts in all the games.

  13. Senegal have qualified after four wins in four! In our group, Guinea Bissau, ranked 47th, is topping our group. That shows how finished we have become as a country

  14. Winston’The Assassin’Kalengo and the King need to play AFCON. So they will make sure they do it. Some blogger called General keeps mentionin a player called ndumba ma’somethin never heard of him is he his relative or wht coz sounds like he plays in a high school team. #will leave it rite here

  15. Zambia’s position in the group does not mean they have flopped in the race to qualification. The same can be said about Congo and Guinea Bissau. The problem here has been Kenya. Their squad has been weak and strong. That effected into the three team’s group standing. However, it remains to be seen how their factor will influence the final group standing in June. It is unfortunate or even fortunate that Zambia is done with them..

  16. Zambia’s position in the group does not mean they have flopped in the race to qualification. The same can be said about Congo and Guinea Bissau. The problem here has been Kenya. Their squad has been weak and strong. That effected into the three team’s group standing. However, it remains to be seen how their factor will influence the final group standing in June. It is unfortunate or even fortunate that Zambia is done with them..

  17. West africa this west africa that. When will zambia ask for soccer development tacticks from the west africans rather than this envy and jeloussy it will get you no where. Ghana and Ivory Coast were in the finals of afcon not because their are cheats but simply because they ARE GOOD TEAM. IF ZAMBIA FEELS THEY ARE BETTER THEN PROVE THIS BY SCORING GOALS AND BEATING EVERY TEAM IN YOUR WAY.. NONCENCE. JUST WIN YOUR GAMES AND SHUT UP IT YOU CANT WIN THEN ITS SIMPLY “THE OTHER TEAM IS BETTER” FULL STOP!.

  18. Some evil spirited haters are still pulling Great Kalu down ? , not knowing that our football is cursed now ,wait and see this time around no going to Gabon , Last week I was in RSA cops were laughing at me asking me that you Zambians’ why treating your hero like that I just kept silent

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