THE Chipolopolo national soccer team will take on Ivory Coast in a friendly on October 25, 2014, Football Association of Zambia communications manager Nkweto Tembwe has announced.
And 24 hours before colliding with Ivory Coast, the Chipolopolo are expected to face either Kenya, Botswana or Namibia in another friendly match.
Tembwe told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that FAZ decided to organise the two friendly matches to prepare the national team for their last Afcon qualifier game, against Cape Verde.
“FAZ has organised two friendlies for the Chipolopolo national team to be played at National Heroes’ Stadium,” he said.
Tembwe said arrangements for the friendly matches had reached an advanced stage.
“The two friendly games are meant to give Chipolopolo coach Honor Janza and his players a chance to be noticed by the fans,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the two friendlies would prepare both the coach and the players adequately for the last game in the Afcon qualifiers.
“Both Chipolopolo and Ivory Coast will be preparing for the last Afcon qualifier games,” he said.
Tembwe said the national team technical bench would endeavour to feature the strongest squad in the two friendly matches.
“This is in order to provide a chance to Janza to prove himself,” he said.
Tembwe also announced that the women’s national team left for Namibia yesterday via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
“The Shepolopolo are at the airport right now and are expected to depart at 13:00hours. The team is also going with the under-17 team to Namibia,” he said.And CilTax International Trade Compliance Experts yesterday donated 100 dollars to each player as pocket money.
CilTax chief executive officer Kingsley Chanda said the donation was aimed at motivating the lasses while in Namibia.
And FAZ vice president Boniface Mwamelo thanked the firm for the gesture. “The money will go a long way in motivating our players. We encourage more corporate companies to emulate CilTax in supporting football in the country,” he said.