Sudan Bonus Points Lift Zambia’s Spirits for Uganda Clash

FIFA’s decision to award Zambia three bonus points from a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan has lifted the spirits of Chipolopolo ahead of Saturday’s must win match against Uganda.

The Zambian team is camped in South Africa for another crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.

Reports say the team was jubilant after the news broke on Monday afternoon but the Zambian FA is playing down the development because it is yet to receive official correspondence from FIFA.

The BBC broke the news before Zambian websites and other media outlets feasted on the good news that see the team go top of Group C with six points. Zambia defeated Ghana 1-0 but lost to Sudan 2-0.

However, the FIFA decision means Zambia has a 3-0 win and an additional three points before the race for the 2014 World Cup continues in March next year against Lesotho and later Sudan and Ghana.

Sudan had used an ineligible player on June 2 to attract the wrath of FIFA in the process.

Meanwhile, the New Vision of Uganda reports that coach Bobby Williamson will be in position to fully assess Cranes’ match-winning strategy for this weekend’s decisive Nations Cup qualifier against Zambia following the arrival of virtually the entire foreign-based legion of stars.

Team custodian Denis Onyango, captain Andrew Mwesigwa, Patrick Ochan and strikers Emmanuel Okwi and Hamis Kiiza ensured the Scot’s preparations do not suffer any kind of derailment by reporting for duty soon after arriving.

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