ZAMBIA has the strength base and calmness required of a champion and no team will stop the team from realizing its dream at the 2016 CHAN championship, FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya has said.
Kalusha said Zambia needed to remain calm and take chances as the competition unfolded with many more opponents chancing their moves against their mighty Chipolopolo.
“Zambia has the will and manpower to execute a good game plan against Guinea Conakry in the quarterfinals and progress to the semifinals of the CHAN championship, Kalusha said.
Kalusha, the celebrated 1988 African Footballer of the year, reckons that George Lwandamina’s men have continued to make strides since the start of the tournament.
In what has been a hugely successful outing for Zambia, Chipolopolo shone in the group play where the team’s solidity came to the fore as the team amassed an impressive 7points to win Group D with two victories and a draw. The team conceded no goals and will be buoyant ahead of Sunday’s last eight fixture against Guinea in Rubavu.
“Firstly, congratulations to the Chipolopolo for making it to the knock out stage, ” Kalusha said adding: “We take a game at a time. But I feel we are well prepared for the quarter finals. We have a strong base after you look at the way we have played the last three games. ”
“Against Guinea, we need to be strong. We need to keep calm and take our chances.
We have fantastic team spirit, the will and manpower to do a good job, “said Kalusha who is also Executive Committee member of the continental soccer governing body, CAF. At CHAN 2016, Kalusha is chief of CAF’s mission in Rubavu.
Kalusha, who is set for re-election for another four years at the helm of Football House at the FAZ AGM on 19th March, called on fans and the nation to continue rallying with the squad.
Zambia traveled back to Rubavu yesterday morning, taking a three hour drive from Kigali.
The Chipolopolo have long been looking forward to returning to Rubavu, a city they have made home since the start of the CHAN.
Meanwhile hundreds of soccer fans from Zambia are expected to travel to Rwanda tyo cheer the Chipolopolo against their opponent in the quarterfinals of the championship on Sunday.
CSFA chairman Yotham Mwanza said he will lead a strong fans body pipped to sing and dance throughout the 90 minutes play the Chipolopolo will be up against Guniea.
“We are set to dance throughout and the team should be in high morale as we shall be on their side throughout the game. We leave nothing to chance as Zambia starts the year on a sound note” he said.
Meanwhile scores of referees, relatives and friends yesterday converged at Lusaka Memorial Park to pay the last respects to the late FIFA assistant referees Moses Mwale who died on Sunday.
FAZ President, Kalusha Bwalya said FIFA Assistant Referee, Mwale will be greatly missed by the footballing community in Zambia, Africa and the entire world.
In a speech read on his behalf by Referees Manager, Katongo Kabungo, Kalusha described Mwale as an inspirational and dedicated person who wanted the best for football on the continent.
“From the time Moses joined the football ranks he did not look back and that is how he rose through ranks to the level of being recognised by the Football world Governing Body FIFA.
In 2013 we all remember him being voted best Assistant Referee in Zambia” Kalusha emphasized.
Mwale will be most remembered for his excellent work in the COSAFA region where he officiated at every competition.
His last international assignment was in Equatorial Guinea where he officiated at a Russia 2018 qualifier match between the hosts and Morocco in November.
Locally, his last duty call was at the 2015 Barclays cup final where he was the first Assistant Referee.
Moses, 44 died on January 24 after a short illness and was buried yesterday morning at Lusaka’s Leopard’s Hill Memorial park.