FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) says the shifting of Chipolopolo team training session from Lusaka’s Independence Stadium to Miller ground in Lilayi has nothing to do with the soccer body owing money to any institution.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said Miller ground was suitable for the players returning from the off-season since it has a grass pitch unlike the artificial turf at Independence.
“Shifting training sessions from Independence Stadium to Miller ground has nothing to do with the football governing body owing money to any institutions.
“The coach took the team to Miller ground on Tuesday morning for a specific purpose. The game of football is very demanding and players who are returning from off-season need conditioning and that can only be done better on a pitch with natural grass,” Tembwe said.
He said the team went back to train at Independence Stadium in the afternoon on Wednesday because the playing surface at Huye Stadium in Rwanda where Zambia will be playing is artificial.
“The technical bench believes that the grass is best surface for players to develop endurance while avoiding unnecessary injuries associated with lack of fitness.
“We are not stranded as FAZ but Miller ground was the only one available with green grass since all other pitches in Lusaka are under maintenance during the off-season.”
And Tembwe said FAZ was happy with the commitment the players were putting in training.
Zambia is preparing for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that will run from January 16 to February 7 in Rwanda.
The Chipolopolo are in the same group with Zimbabwe, Mali and Uganda.