‘Chipolopolo will excel in Guinea’


NKANA striker Festus Mbewe says it will be exciting if the national team reaches the quarter or semi finals of the 2015 AfCON in Equatorial Guinea next month.

Mbewe told Daily Nation Sports that coach Honor Janza was building the national team, adding that reaching the quarter or semi finals would speak volumes for Zambia as a footballing nation.

“Reaching the quarter or semi finals will make the nation happy because most of the players whom he (Janza) has picked are young and they will be making their debut,” he said.

Mbewe said he expected the Janza squad to perform beyond because he had picked quality players.

“I personally think that that the Boys can deliver. They have a clear picture of what to expect in the Group B in which they have been placed,” he said.

Mbewe said the Chipolopolo boys have a huge advantage because they recently played Cape Verde in the qualifiers.

He said the Chipolopolo Boys should consider themselves lucky because they were placed in a “fair” group compared to other teams.

Mbewe said although some players were new, they had been mixed with experienced players who would encourage them.

He said Janza should not be judged harshly because he was merely trying to nurture a squad of young players. “Coach Honor Janza has been with the team for less than six months. This clearly shows that he has a lot of things which he needs to put in place such as making the new squad of young players tick,” he said.

Mbewe said he will miss Nyambe Mulenga from the AfCON squad, adding that the absence of the veteran Zesco defender from the squad was a major setback.

“Nyambe will be greatly missed from the squad although he can be easily replaced. That accident happened at a time when he was needed most,” he said.