SENIOR Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza and his Under-17 counterpart Chris Kaunda should explain why the two teams were booted out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in the early stages, Zambia Sports Fans Association patron Peter Makembo has demanded.
Makembo said in their reports, the two coaches should state to the nation why the two teams failed to qualify to the semi-finals of the AfCON.
“As sports fans association, we are not comfortable with the performance of the senior Chipolopolo team and the Under-17. Our expectation has always been victory,” he said.
Makembo told Daily Nation Sports that the two coaches must submit full reports of what transpired to FAZ, which the association must also unreal to the general public.
He urged the association and the two coaches to immediately go back to the drawing board and identify reasons why both teams could not proceed beyond the first round of the two tournaments.
The early exit of the two teams was a major source of concern, Makembo said, and if left unchecked the teams might continue performing poorly during major tournaments.
He, however, urged the Under-17 boys not to lose concentration for being booked out early in Niger.
Makembo said it was not yet over for the Under-17 lads, adding that they were still growing up and must have learnt their lesson.
“They need to stay focused and concentrate on their future as their coach Kaunda seats down with his employers to find solutions to what might have gone wrong in Niger,” he said.
Makembo said if Kaunda managed to qualify the boys to AfCON after beating teams like Botswana, he has the potential to perform better.
“Maybe it is just that time was not with us during AfCON but we shall continue supporting the boys whether they lose or win,” he said.
Makembo said he did not understand why the association did not include Janza on the Under-17 technical bench for assistance.
He said during the qualifiers, Janza had accompanied the Under-17 technical bench but wandered why he was not allowed to go with the team to Niger.
“I was surprised to see Janza making comments on Under-17 while in Zambia when he was supposed to be with them in Niger. This was one of the mistakes which FAZ made,” he said.