By Sports Reporter
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) will soon release a comprehensive report on the confusion that rocked the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) Group E first leg qualifier between Zambia and Congo on Wednesday after President Edgar Lungu bought the match tickets.
A stampede almost broke out among soccer fans at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium before the kick-off of the game when it was announced that the republican President had bought the match tickets and fans would watch the game free.
The fans who had already bought tickets from various selling points demanded for a refund.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said yesterday the secretariat will soon inform the nation on what transpired after the reconciliation of accounts of gate-takings was done.
“We will give a comprehensive statement over what transpired at Levy Mwanawasa after reconciliation is done. But it is unfortunate that confusion was created,” he said.
He however thanked the President for ensuring that the Chipolopolo received massive support.
“I thank President Lungu for giving support to our boys. The stadium was filled to capacity thanks to him.
I am positive that the boys will work hard in the return leg to reciprocate the immense support,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kamanga has advised the boys to put behind the 1-1 draw and focus on Sunday’s match.
He said he was not disappointed with the result and confident that the Chipolopolo will carry the day.
“A draw is a good result so far. We struggled in the second half; we hope to amend the mistakes and hope to get a positive result away from home. Our players are professionals and are already thinking of the return leg on Sunday,” he said.
Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) patron Peter Makembo said the fans were expecting victory in Brazzaville.
“It is sad that we drew at home. The team relaxed after the lead.
‘‘The team should not be complacent on Sunday; it will be a do or die situation because we need to solidify our chances of qualifying to Gabon. Our boys should put in their best,” he said.
Zambia drew 1-1 against Congo and the two meet again in a return leg on Sunday in Brazzaville.