Micho rubbishes claims that FAZ supremo gets involved in team selection… As he explains the Kabaso Chongo fiasco
Zambia national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has explained what led to the dropping of captain, Kabaso Chongo following the 2-1 friendly match loss to the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
The TP Mazembe defender was excused from the international friendly matches for ‘technical reasons’ and Micho this morning elaborated more on what transpired.
The Serbian gaffer explained that the letting off of the 2013 COSAFA winner is just about trying out new chemistry in the team. Micho says he was concerned that the team had conceded 9 goals in three games which did not sit well with him.
“Even if Supersport United with Eric Tinkler came with South Africa defense Forces, they could not penetrate TP mazembe defense because TP mazembe had the ministry of Defence in Kabaso Chongo and they won the Confederation Cup. He has won everything from the club aspect but playing in the club playing in the national team has certain differences
when you play in the club you are with the players every day and you make with them to have an energy and different relation. When you play in the national team you simply need to click with others and whatsoever is meaning without looking about things outside without looking about training itself about the game model that in typical assembly is played,” Micho told the ZamFoot Crew.
“It happened that when you logically look at every single word without missing the word, but with the highest degree of respect because we are not here to humiliate any person let alone captain of the national team. He’s an extremely respected person from my side. He’s my personal friend out of whatsoever and I out of the job, so I would like to say that when in the last three matches in Algeria against Zimbabwe and Kenya, We are shipping in nine goals three per match average. You ask yourself, Look I need to do something about the chemistry, Let me try because it’s better to happen now than it to happen against Botswana. So needed by Sports logic, common sense and language of facts and respecting the call by the coach of TP mazembe and TP mazembe as a club that requested to have their players as early as possible back to their Club because they’re playing AS Vita over the weekend and you know what that derby is and it happened that as a coach and technical team, We sat down most respectfully and communicated to the captain of the national team, Kabaso Chongo that we could have two roads one to take him and sit him on the bench and to humiliate him against South Africa, you know, you cannot bring the big player because that has won everything in club football and bench him its the same like Brazil bringing David Luiz to Brazil and then you sit him on the bench is being unfair, You need to respect people because for us we are human beings.
“We presented to him and FAZ provided an air ticket to Lubambashi through Ethiopia, Unfortunately, that did not suit him. So he went with us to South Africa from where he flew back to Lusaka as per his desire we bought even the ticket to Lubumbashi however, he had a third desire, to go to Ndola from where he had to cross the border even this was accommodated, My driver took him from here to Ndola and from where he has crossed over and this is all the story without any speculations any manipulations and whatsoever,” he added.
The former Orlando Pirates and Uganda national team boss was also quick to rubbish claims that FAZ President Andrew Kamanga gets involved in team selection. The Serbian Wolf rebelled the claims simply as ‘no sense’.
“No harsh words all anything but respectful, He’s a great guy all the writings of this one or that one, I need to tell you that has been a coach for 27 years and 20 years in Africa and I can tell you that president of FAZ Andrew Kamanga has never mentioned that call this player, play this player or whatsoever for him. He only provides the best possible conditions so that I can not ask questions after or have excuses. He has provided the matches has been what people are speculating manipulating talking about whatsoever, This is no sense,” He said.
Zambia picked up two wins during the FIFA window which saw them organize three friendly matches and lost one to Kenya which was Kabaso’s final game before getting dropped.
The Serbian gaffer was using the window to prepare for next months back to back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Botswana. Zambia will host the Zebras on 9th November before traveling to Gaborone on 8 days later.
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