FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya says he will ensure that Zambia wins another Africa Cup of Nations before leaves the helm of the soccer administration body.
Kalusha said he had personally thrown the challenge to the players and set it as his own target while he was still FAZ president.
He said the Zambian team had talented players and did not see why the title could not be won again.
“I have challenged the players that we want the Africa cup to come back to Zambia in the next five years; I make no apology for that because we have talented players who can achieve this goal. We do not have to wait for another 50 years for us to win the trophy,” he said.
“If Zambia does not win the AFCON in the next five years then I will have failed to meet my target but I don’t think that can happen because we have the calibre, experience and the know-how for us to grab the title,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bwalya says the junior Chipolopolo will need extra luck to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics as they faced tough competition at the Senegal 2015 Under- 23 Africa Cup of Nations .
At a briefing in Lusaka yesterday Kalusha said Zambia will not have it easy to beat South Africa, Tunisia and Senegal in their group A.
“We need to win three matches and draw one but if we can win two games and draw one it will also be better. But it will not be easy to face hosts Senegal and South Africa who are tricky customers together with Tunisia” he said.
He however said the competition had come at a good time, adding that the team would be ready for the competition.
“Our team is playing as a unit, in the past we were disjointed but today players play together as a group. We have two or three months in which to prepare and most of the players are part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) team and World Cup qualifiers before the tournament,” he said.
The Zambia under-23 team is in group A with hosts Senegal, Tunisia and regional rivals South Africa.
The Senegal 2015 under- 23 Africa Cup of Nations which is being used as a qualification to the Olympics in Brazil will run from November 28 to December 12.