Lungu hails Chipolopolo

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has implored the Zambia national soccer team to work harder and finish off Sudan this Sunday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

In a statement released yesterday by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, President Lungu congratulated the team for beating Sudan 1-0 in the second round first leg Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier played on Wednesday night at Karima Stadium in Khartoum.

The President announced that he will lead the nation on Sunday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium to offer full support to the Chipolopolo Boys in their return encounter.

He further assured FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya that he will offer all necessary support to the national team to enable them qualify to the World Cup.

And Bwalya advised the team to remain focused ahead of the return leg.

“Maintain a positive spirit so that what you started well is not spoiled. You have done us proud. We got the result we worked so hard for. We have to finish the game at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday,” he said.

Meanwhile, Coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina said the job was not yet done and has to be completed on Sunday.

Lwandamina said he was happy that the team managed to win away especially on a rough patched pitch.

He said Sudan had the 12th player in form of home support but the boys had a strong fighting spirit and achieved the much needed victory.

“I am glad we have won this match away from home. While it is good that we have won, we are aware that the job is not yet finished and will have to be completed in Ndola,” he said.

Striker Winston Kalengo’s goal in the 28th minute was enough to give Zambia an advantage ahead of the return leg.

The team arrives in Ndola this afternoon.