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Kamanga Stakes Euro Camp for Chipolopolo

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says the Chipolopolo boys may camp in Europe ahead of the must win October 7 Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup encounter against Nigeria.

Kamanga told Fazfootball.com that 2017 had so far been an exciting year on the soccer calendar with national teams across the stream delivering results.

“We have only got four weeks before the Nigeria game, so we are looking at options in terms of where we can camp the team and get the best value. As you know some of the players are already in Europe, they did not come with us they have gone back. We may see it fit to camp the team in Europe so that it is easier to prepare the team adequately and it is actually shorter to go into Europe from Nigeria,” Kamanga said.

The FAZ boss said that Zambia could draw motivation from being the only team in Group B that had never been to the World Cup.

“We are putting in every effort to make sure that this team is adequately prepared as we face Nigeria, which for me is the do or die game whoever wins that game will be assured of going to Russia 2018,” he said.
“But most interestingly in this group, we are the only ones who have never been to the World Cup, but with the favour we continue to draw on we should be able to qualify, come November because we have the advantage of playing Cameroun in the final round.”

He added: “So the must win game is Nigeria, and I think the team has demonstrated the capacity to win away from home. It was not an easy game, Algeria is a highly rated team, they have got a lot of skilful players and I think our team was up to the task and I think they put in a marvellous performance.”

He hailed the blend of experienced players from the 2012 Africa Cup winning side, local players that campaigned at the Cosafa and also the CHAN group and under-20 stars that gelled to see off Algeria over two legs.
“Hats off to the technical bench, we have had issues around player selection but now I think the coach was really spoilt for selection and I think we have now raised the level of competition for the senior national team because the players from the under-20 are also knocking,” he said.

“We have blended the team with players from the CHAN, Cosafa as well as those playing in Europe so it is a very good mix. There are players who are still there I think Stoppilla Sunzu, Chisamba Lungu and Kennedy Mweene who has done a fantastic job to take the younger ones under his wing.”
Kamanga said that 2017 was proving a successful year on the football calendar.

“This year has been a very exciting year looking at the results that we have achieved, starting with the U-20 who won the Africa Cup and went to compete at the World Cup where they finished in the quarter final. The senior team also finished second in the Cosafa, qualified to the CHAN and we had the U-17 finishing as Cosafa champions,” he said.

“The senior team in earnest has done very well in this stage of the World Cup qualifiers, we are just three points behind Nigeria with two games to go.

The Chipolopolo will be away in Uyo to table toppers Nigeria in a Group B encounter.
Nigeria has 10 points while second placed Zambia has seven points with Cameroun lying third with three points while Algeria are rock bottom with a point.

(Source: FAZ Media)

33 Comments

  1. Sn

    your dicesion is good

  2. BENJAMIN MUNSANJE

    KAMANGA U TRUE MANAGER GO AHEAD U ARE GOOD MAN

  3. Evangelist SAMUKONGA

    Continue with those good leadership qualities MR KAMANGA, with GOD at the heart of our programs it shall certainly be well with us,, praise song,, Lesa kaale mwansalile,,

  4. twali benard

    good one

  5. vern

    Chipolopolo should comp out side
    Zambia, to tame the Nigeria.

  6. vern

    Chipolopolo should comp out side
    Zambia.

  7. vern

    Chipolopolo should comp out in europe .

    • RKN

      Go Zambia go Kamanga you’re truly a great leader keep it up

  8. mercutio

    Comment; introduce fwayo tembo & eliminate Ngonga he ‘s not a striker…plz ba wada.

  9. Paul Michaeltz

    You guys surely what is Ng’onga doing with the squad? Have run out of players for u to pick on that Ng’onga thing? FAZ if u want to be enemies with supporters please keep your Ng’onga thing . That guy is useless like rubbish

  10. Namz

    Kamanga go ahead please.

  11. Michael MULENGA

    How gud quality is your leadership Mr kamanga Rube

  12. Bruce s

    Good work mr kamanga

  13. Kanjeza

    Good one my Kananga

  14. Lyford

    By the Grace of God tizaenda Ku Russia

    • Eric chonde

      With our might Jehovah, we will going to Carry the day and no doubt about it Zambia will to Russia world cup final.

  15. Baldwin England's

    Well done Kananga good plan

  16. vubwi boys supporters (pie d)s

    Mr Kananga yo job z good ,but my petition goes to coach you see what ng’onga doing with the sguad.Ng’onga he’s not a striker useless player he doing nothing .pliz coach put remarkable to

  17. vubwi boys (john side)

    Mr Kananga yo decesion z good, but Ng’onga he’s not a good striker he loose more chance.

  18. Hit On Wat Comes True

    Alex Ng’onga Is Nt A Strick Any More Wee,y Do U Live Banda Emma Wh Z A Good Strick,u Ba Faz Wat Z Yo Problem Pliz Improve On That One Pliz B4 We Stop Surporting U

  19. unknown

    Good decision Mr Kamanga bt dnt forget old lads lyk Kalaba, Mbesuma etc. These re seasoned players

  20. Eric chonde

    With our might Jehovah, we will going to Carry the day and no doubt about it Zambia will to Russia world cup final.

  21. Mr Vier

    We are definitely going to break the hoodoo of not going to the world cup…….
    #RussiaWeAreComing

  22. Mpombo

    Don’t listen to soccer fans some’re demented fools who today Will condemn Wada & Senior players only to change course when the results turn against their doomsday prediction.

  23. Ben lengwe

    Wada wada do something about alex ngonga is a wasteful striker! Pliz don’t even attempt to call him for the next match against nigeria never go with him even mu camp is selfish and ukupupusha saana. Try nathan sinkala and edward chilufya they are gud players why did u leave them?

  24. Enock

    The performance between the just ended games with Algeria and your idea to camp and do training is good but find Ngonga is too slow on finishing then on defence number three has also a problem find the remedy.

  25. Thomson

    Its very gud idia nd go zam go!!!!

  26. Kozimu

    Remove Alex ngo’nga is not a good striker
    at least fwayo is a good player ngo’nga is a waste materia

  27. Victor Tembo

    that is well en good Mr kamanga.but please what about charly musonda is he Zambian player or Belgium answer me on this one

  28. Humphrey kombe

    Good selection but too bad on ngonga is not a good player, remove him from the squared evin on bench, leave him here, don’t even allow him to camp with the good guyz in Europe, is selfish

  29. law maker

    Nice

  30. Williamf Gomo

    Gud organising

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