THE Zambia U-17 soccer team spent their first night in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday without eating apparently because the hotel where they were booked was not expecting them, it has been learnt.
According to delegation leader Lee Kawanu, the hotel booked by Uganda Football Association, had run out of food, forcing the lads to sleep on empty stomachs upon arrival on Wednesday.
Kawanu said he was shocked to find that the hotel where the team had been booked did not prepare any food for the team allegedly because they were not expecting the Zambian team on Wednesday.
Kawanu said despite this the lads would stay focused on the reason they had travelled to Uganda for and will not be swayed by what he termed “mind games” by the hosts.
“Firstly no food was prepared for the team, so we are sleeping on empty stomachs, then they wanted to split the team into two groups with some players and officials going to stay at some rat hole of a hotel that’s even worse than the first one,” he said.
Kawanu said, the team opted to accomodate players in threes so that they could all stay in one place together with the officials.
“The rest of us have moved to the rat hole hotel. We’ve been assured that the rooms will be sorted out in this morning,”
“Apparently the hotel was initially told that we were arriving over the weekend and were only told of our arrival yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon,”he said.
Kawanu said the boys were told before travelling to Uganda to expect anything but to stay focused.
The junior Chipolopolo will play Uganda this weekend whom they beat 2-0 two weeks ago in Lusaka.
This is the final qualifier and any draw for Zambia will see them going to the Niger finals in 2015.