FAZ councillors drop bombshell on Russia 2018 qualification dreams:
IT IS wishful thinking for people to continue raising false hopes about the Zambia national soccer team qualifying to the Russia 2018 World Cup, FAZ councillors have charged. They said it was impossible for Zambia to qualify when the Chipolopolo Boys have only managed to get one point out of a possible six. Speaking on behalf of other councillors, Damiano Mutale of Damiano Academy in Mufurila told the Daily Nation yesterday that Zambia’s chances had already been messed up and its chances of making a maiden
appearance were not there. Mutale said it was better for Zambians to be realistic by facing the harsh fact that the team was not going anywhere. “Zambia should accept the fact that the current crop of players still need more time before they could start delivering results that could propel the Chipolopolo to international tournaments like the World Cup,” said Mutale He said while it would be good news to the Zambians if the team qualified to the World Cup, current statistics did not favour that direction. Mutale said that the match against Cameroon in Limbe last Saturday was a defining moment, adding that the team was far from convincing. He said the team was a shadow of itself while Cameroon had a field day although it failed to win the match. He explained that the Indomitable Lions created clear-cut chances which they failed to
convert into goals. He said Zambia should instead be preoccupied with rebuilding a team that would compete for honours in future, saying maintaining ambitions of qualifying to the World Cup was living in denial because the mess had
already been created. “you watched the game against Cameroon. Can you say we have a team that can qualify to the World Cup? That game was Kennedy Mweene versus Cameroon and I want to tell you that without Mweene in goal, we would not have drawn against Cameroon because the whole system had collapsed, “And so, we should not get carried away by that draw. We all follow football and if you have a team picking one point from six and only remaining with 12 points to play for, then you get excited. Zambia last Saturday registered a 1-all draw against Cameroon in an ill-tempered game played at the 20,000 Limbe Omnisports Stadium to collect the first point of the campaign after losing 2-1 to Nigeria in the opener.