FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says Zambia has begun 2018 with a task to conquer Africa.
In a message to the CHAN team currently in Morocco, Kamanga said the mission ahead is neither easy nor difficult.
“As the Zambia national team takes to the field against the Cranes of Uganda in the 5th edition of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament on Sunday, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the lads and the entire technical bench the best of luck as they do duty for Mother Zambia,” he said.
“We begin the year 2018 faced with a task to conquer Africa. The mission ahead is neither easy nor difficult. We have in the last 8 years attempted to conquer the continent at this level, but all our efforts have often fallen by the wayside. We came closer in 2009 with a semi-final finish followed by a quarter final finish 7 years later. Although history does not favour us, we have learnt a great deal of lessons drawn from our past pitfalls.”
He said this was the more reason to believe that the national team was capable of re-writing Zambia’s story, by winning the tournament for the first time.
“As you take to the field, be reminded that Zambians home and abroad will be rallying behind you throughout the competition. Our high expectations have been exacerbated by the remarkable progress the team has made in the past year,” Kamanga said.
He said the results posted both in the 2018 World Cup and CHAN qualifiers have invoked the nation’s passion for the game.
“I wish to further remind you that nothing is impossible in life. Your journey thus far has not been an easy one, but your determination and your pride to represent Mother Zambia through the highest and lowest moments gives us confidence that no challenge is insurmountable with you,” said Kamanga.
“May I take this opportunity to thank the FAZ patron, His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, and his government for the unwavering financial support towards the development of football in the country. I would like to further thank our clubs, sponsors, fans and the Zambian people at large for the overwhelming support our national team has continued to receive from you. Let us all continue supporting our boys. Go Zambia Go!”