TODAY we want to take time to encourage the coaches, players and administrators involved in various international engagements to die a little.
Firstly, I am referring to the Zambia CHAN team that takes on Eswatini in the first leg, final round qualifier match in Mbabane on Sunday.
Zambia has been a consistent feature in the tournament since it was launched in 2009.
This is the Africa Cup of locally based players and having missed out on qualification to the last two editions of the main AfCON, we surely cannot afford to miss out on this one, especially facing an opponent like Eswatini in the last round.
For Zambia, missing out on CHAN would be like a traditional leader absconding his own traditional ceremony.
I, therefore, urge the Aggrey Chiyangi led technical bench to leave no stone unturned.
Yes, challenges are always there and will be there but we have the material to do the job in Mbabane, we all believe you picked the team on merit and therefore, there should be no reason to fail.
Secondly, the three clubs in the CAF Interclub competitions; Zanaco, Zesco United and Green Eagles.
I have no doubt in my mind that Zanaco are 80 per cent through to the pre-group stage of the CAF Confederation cup after trouncing little-known Bolton City of Mauritius 2-1 away from home in the first leg.
It looks easy for Zanaco but don’t underrate the opponents’ ambitions in the return match.
That 20 per cent can change any moment in the match so, captain Ziyo and troops, please don’t get carried away, it’s not over until the last kick.
From this end, we trust in the abilities of the maestro, coach Mumamba Numba, to complete the rout of the Islanders. Go bankers Go!
Zesco United got that vital away goal against Young Africans FC of Tanzania in that 1-1 draw.
We all know that Levy Mwanawasa stadium is a fortress and Zesco has never lost an international game there.
But Yanga equally have a good record away from home and so it can get complicated but again when there is ‘super’ coach George Lwandamina in the dugout, there is no room for error and we believe Zesco will go through, only hard work is needed, eyes on the ball Zega Mambo! You can do it.
Eagles though have a mountain to climb in Angola after losing 2-1 at home to Agosto but there is no mission impossible in football.
Eagles, just rise up and dust yourself, you can still fly highest in the skies of Luanda come next week. You all must believe!
Finally, I urge the Minister of Sports Emmanuel Mulenga to resolve the senior Chipolopolo coaching situation since he has put himself in that position.
Qualifiers start in November, and there is no sign of an end to this ‘self-inflicted’ confusion regarding the senior national team and as things stand, the biggest losers will be football and the fans that love the sport.
All the best to all envoys in various competitions. We are with you all the way!