Chipolopolo put DRC draw behind, move on


CHIPOLOPOLO coach Honour Janza says his lads have put behind their one-all draw against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opening match on Sunday and are now focused on the next match against Tunisia tomorrow.

Janza told that his side was now looking for nothing but a win in the game against the North Africans.

The coach said it was unfortunate that his team blew away its advantage but was quick to add that the most important thing was that the team managed to pick up a point.

“We are still determined to be one of the top two teams out of this group. I must however emphasise that all teams that are in the group want to win, but what will make a difference is the character and determination each team employs on the pitch,” Janza said.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya said Chipolopolo will progress to the next stage of the Africa Cup despite recording a draw with neighbours DRC on Sunday evening.  The Chipolopolo gave away their one-goal lead when they allowed Congo to equalise in the second half.

“Chipolopolo played well; we had them (Congo DR) fixed in the first half. Their only weapon was long balls. Unfortunately, our opponents picked up lots of loose balls. Of course in the second half, Congo came out fighting and they capitalised on a mistake which can happen to anyone. I am glad the game ended with Zambia being a better side in the last 10 minutes,” Kalusha told  Zambia’s next match is on Thursday against Tunisia. Chipolopolo will also welcome back to the fold Donashano Malama who was suspended for one match and missed Zambia’s opener.

But they will miss inspirational midfielder Nathan Sinkala who has been ruled out of the entire 2015 AfCON tournament due to a knee injury he sustained in the match against Congo