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Zambia To Play India, SA In 2013 AFCON Preparations

THE Zambia national soccer team will play South Africa, as well as camp in India next month, as part of preparations for the defence Africa Cup championship at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) chief executive officer Jeyakumar Janakaraj said the mining giant has arranged for the national team’s camping in Goa, where the team had similar training prior to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

And Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager Erick Mwanza has said South Africa will host the friendly on November 14.

On the India outing, Janakaraj confirmed during a KCM media workshop in Chingola that sending the national team for camping in India is part of the company’s contribution to helping coach Herve Renard nurture young talent and ensure Zambia mounts a strong defence of the title next January in South Africa.

“There are arrangements right now which are going to take the Zambia national team to India in November. We have a very structured programme in helping young talent to improve. We genuinely want football standards to improve in Zambia and we want to produce some more good players,” Janakaraj said.

He said KCM is currently working out some logistics with the Football Association of Zambia on the duration and number of warm-up games the team will play with the Indian national team and top professional sides.
India has some of the best training facilities in the world.

During last year’s training camp, Zambia played against the Goa select XI and the India national team, winning 4-1 and 4-0 respectively.

Hichani Himoonde, Chisamba Lungu and Nathan Sinkala were the revelations of the India training camp and Renard drafted them into the senior team. The trio was instrumental in guiding the Chipolopolo to the continental glory at the 2012 finals.

And on the friendly against South Africa, Mwanza said the game is important because it will give Renard an opportunity to assess players who can be included in the national team.
Mwanza said FAZ is hoping to field a full-strength Chipolopolo since the match will be played on a FIFA day that allows teams to call their foreign-based players.

“But it must be noted that players can only join the team 48 hours before the game because most them will have engagements with their teams shortly before the FIFA day,” he said.
He said Renard is hoping to name the team that will go for the final training phase after the friendly match against Bafana Bafana.

“Once again the coach wants to pick more players from the local teams so this game against South Africa is an opportunity for the players to show what they can do,” he said.

He said FAZ is awaiting communication from the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) on the venue for the match.
Mwanza said FAZ will ensure the team is adequately prepared for the continental championship because the association is aware of the tough competition that will be at the Africa Cup.

He said the association has set high standards in terms of training camp for the Chipolopolo and this year will not be an exceptional.

“In 2010 we arranged a good training programme for the team and as a result we managed to reach quarter finals of the Africa Cup after 14 years and in 2011 against the team had a very good training programme and we all know what we got in return,” Mwanza said.

Mwanza said the Chipolopolo will have another good training ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup which will be announced after concluding negotiations with all the stakeholders.

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34 Responses to Zambia To Play India, SA In 2013 AFCON Preparations

  1. Kleptocracy Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

    India only has 3 players

  2. FIFA Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I have no HOPE for Chipolopolo.
    Championship was a matter of “ACCIDENTAL HEROES”

    • KAYA Reply

      October 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      ACCIDENTAL HEROES” KA JUST LIKE BA PAMA FI GOVT

    • demba ba Reply

      October 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      accidental indeed!!!!!!!!!1

  3. LUSAKA CHOLERA Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I hope our boys will have a chance to play big teams in South America during the camping period

  4. ANALYST Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    are there no challenging teams to pick on sure.. these have not track record in football.

  5. Bemila-Defender of the gospel Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Corporate social responsibility promotes trust and confidence in the operation of companies and its corporate governance-Thanks KCM. Zambia is a winning
    team. Never mind how we played Uganda. Talent & skills does not matter, what matter most are goals. We are champion because we scored.They lost because they have skills they wanted to display.

  6. Bemila-Defender of the gospel Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Its always easy to be on top but the pressure mounts on those who are on top. Simply its difficult to maintain championship unless you realize that alot whats your championship

  7. NZINYONGA Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Herve Renard got a ka Indian sweet 16 he saw last time they went there, now he want to go back and f*****her what a shame ba ze couch ze zambie like f***** girls more especially our Zedians.

  8. dogstyle Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

    leave Herve alone. If the girls want him, why not, he is not raping them. After all he is very much single and on the market(‘black’ market for that matter). maybe he can sire a few future footballers who can reinforce your ailing team.

  9. zambians forget easily Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    GOOD NEWS FOR OUR NATIONAL TEAM. MOST OF THE TEAMS THAT PLAYED HIGH PROFILE FRIENDLY MATCHES WERE WIRED BY THE COPPER BULLETS SO WE ALL KNOW WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF. LIKE I ALWAYS SAY, THE HARDER THEY COME, THE EASIER THEY FALL, U UNDERATE ZAMBIA, U DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. GO GET THEM BOYS!!!!!!!

    • presely Reply

      October 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      you are also an *****, hw do you play india wen your friend re preparin wit serious teams? mind you we re the so cod champs by chance!!

  10. Cote Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Why not sponsor the team to Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil or Agentina or Uruguay etc. Why only India if this is a sponsorship?
    These guys just want the money they make here to remain in India at inflated cost.

  11. Zozo Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    That’s true cote! Why only India, what competitive football is in India for African champions? KCM we are not primitive as some imply.

  12. truth pains Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Honestly our performance is very very poor and pathetic. We need to improve otherwise it will be very disapointning for the AFCON Champions to be eliminated in the first round. We have a dilapidated midfield which we need to revamp as soon aas possible to avoid being embarrased

  13. Kankoyo Man Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The team needs to score goals. The coach and Strikers have a chance to show what they can do in these friendlies. So India is welcome as a punchbag. They should win by 19 goals. If not the coach needs to be fired

  14. Kankoyo Man Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    The team needs to score goals. The coach and Strikers have a chance to show what they can do in these friendlies. So India is welcome as a punchbag. They should win by 19 goals. If not FAZ should get very worried and start thinking of firing the coach.

    • Kantanshi Man Reply

      October 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Very true my brother

  15. Percy Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Y only India nd South Africa? Y cant u camp th team in Spain, South America, France, th Netherlands, Germany or evn Japan? Y India wth no football 2 talk abt? Its lyk studying Grade seven material while preparing 4 Grade 12. Do u think we won Afcon bcoz of th previous India trip? No! We won by divine intervention. It ws th grace of God tht we won bt remember God is for all nd if we dnt do our part, others may take th victory aswell. Faz wakeup nd b serious. Th performance of th National team hs bn dismal since being crowned Afcon champions. Faz nd Renard dnt seem 2 see anythn wrong wth our poor performance. India is not th right place 4 Afcon champions. Set high standards plz… we r Afcon champions 4 gudness sake…

  16. zouta.com Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    indians….they cant do anything without thinking of how they are going to externalise money back to india….they are fcuked up. why camp in india of all places..a country that does not even have soccer. unless they are going to get juju…

  17. presely Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    this is no sense, our friends are playin with good teams & we play india? what for? lets be serious or else we wot go beyond group stages!!

  18. Wanu Ngwee Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Imwe ba KCM, this not the meaning sponsorship – funding a team only if they are honing to spend the money in your country. Or is it a way of external icing funds?

    Let FAZ come up with its own programme of preparations, choice of teams to play, and them you just fund the programme, pleas….!!!!

  19. demba ba Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    INDIANS are only good in RUGBY not soccer so it wont help us.

    • Joyce Ndaje Reply

      October 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      We did our preps in in India for Afcon 2012 and we won the cup. You forget easily.

      • demba ba Reply

        October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        @Joyce Ndaje will see..if Zambia does well this time, you will marry me.

    • Kantanshi Man Reply

      October 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Indians do not play Rugby for Heaven’s sake! They play Cricket

  20. Real Reply

    October 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    KCM is f*cked up, even in poverty lets have decency. These guys jst want 2 go nd play nd this game is adding any value but subtracting frm the poor levels we r already at. FAZ shud be serious nd cum up wit a program tht can then be sponsored

  21. CHIDUNU Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What is it that is in india mwebantu twapapata learn to listen, why not south america, europe or the us. Even when we qualify for Brazil 2014 we shall be talking about indian, indians are r supposed to come to us as far as football is concerned.

  22. BIGMOUTH Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    INDIA= CRICKET+RUGBY.
    SOUTH AFRICA= CRICKET+RUGBY+A BIT OF SOCCER.
    TOGO/TUNISIA/MALI/IVORY COAST/MOROCCO= SOCCER.

    • demba ba Reply

      October 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      uli mwaume boyi…u are the best analyst on this blog.

      • Kantanshi Man Reply

        October 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        India Rugby??????????? Since when???

  23. Mathatha Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

    FAZ shud be serious about this India camping. If i may ask is India appear on FIFA ranking? What number is it ranked.I hope it is just the place to camp but play teams from other continents that would make sense.

  24. TRIPOLI Reply

    October 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

    INDIA??????

  25. kapela Reply

    October 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    PLEASE RENARD RECALL MBESUMA AND CLIFORD HE IS BETTER THAN TOMAS NYIRENDA AND FRANCIS KASONDE STOP HAVING FAVOURITES THOUGH THEY ARE NOT PERFORMING WELL

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