Zambia’s Chipolopolo Reject Kampala Hotel

Zambia’s Chipolopolo Reject Kampala Hotel

By James Bakama and Swalley Kenyi

You can call them mind games. They started off by saying the Namboole pitch was substandard, then they complained about the stadium’s dressing rooms.

The latest coming from Zambia is that the African champions have rejected three star Hotel Sojovalo in Kampala.

News about the hotel followed a day of uncertainty as domestic soccer body FUFA was kept guessing as to exactly when the Zambian national side would arrive for the decisive Nations Cup qualifier due Saturday.

“Zambia is not stating exactly when they will jet in,” complained FUFA Publicist Rogers Mulindwa at the weekly press conference at Namboole.

As for the hotel, the Zambians, who sent an advance team to Uganda, have been asked to go to a hotel of their choice and pay for any extra costs.

Confederation of African Football rules require the hosting team to cater for the visitors’ security, internal travel and full board accommodation and a three star hotel.

The Chipolopolo will be travelling in a chartered flight from a camp in South Africa.

Teams especially from West Africa usually keep their itinerary secret in a bid to throw the hosts off balance with a sudden arrival.

One of the most dramatic of such surprises was in the 1994 Africa Cup Winners’ Cup final between Kenya Breweries and DC. Motema Pembe. Everyone expected the Kenyan giants to emerge champions after holding the DR. Congo side 2-2 at the 80,000 seater Stade de Martyrs.

Motema Pembe kept Kenya guessing until the day of the match. They eventually jetted in barely two hours to kick off and went on to ambush the hosts 3-0.

30 Responses to "Zambia’s Chipolopolo Reject Kampala Hotel"

  1. Mpangula Mputyu   October 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

    We deserve better accomodation. They should NOT demean us. We are the AFCON Champions not just a mere team like Bafana Bafana.

  2. Biggie Smallz   October 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    you FAZ guys whats with all these excuses. just go and win. if we lose all the FAZ executive members should resign.

  3. perfect   October 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Of course the boys needs better accommodation, gogogogo chipolopolo boys, we are by your side all the time, beat the hell out of those ugandans.

  4. jay jay   October 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I have been to that 3 star hotel..its trash and cannot be compared even to Ndeke hotel..FAZ is right.There are better hotels in Kampala

  5. Mwisho   October 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    These chaps are trying to mentally,psychologically,physically defeat us.But GOD nows that we are winning

  6. Kalusha Bwalya   October 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Book them at Serena Hotel or Kampala Sheraton Hotel. Those are the only two hotels worth mentioning in Kaqmpala.

  7. Shameless   October 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

    They want to frustrate us by subjecting us to a shoddy hospitality but, alas, it’s them being frustrated by us shooting down their plans. We’re going as victors and will come back as such.

  8. Davis   October 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Looking for excuses for they loses…cheap play game by zed team. Just go n win

  9. Slu   October 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Mind games at its best! I hope these acts cam be stopped by CAF, hence football is a universal language that brings people together.

  10. bamutombeni   October 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    herve rennard and there f***sh FAZ and Eric mwanza,what they should understand is that,sometime back we used independence stadium and konkola.actually those are not even stadiums there are just playing grounds and used to win.why so many excuses?useless FAZ.and leave kigani alone id***ts.

  11. bamutombeni   October 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    ukupata ekokwaba lelo not like herve rennard.cliford mulenga and kampaba from under 20,finshi bakuchita

  12. taliban   October 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    these chaps are being funny..why can’t they give our players decent accommodation?

  13. winer   October 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Foolish zambians. Just go and loose u idiots

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  15. Tona1   October 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Winer, you are very foolish. You should learn to respect African Champions. Waba elyobe

  16. Shikulu   October 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    While complaints about this and about that could be genuine, Zambia should just try to remain focussed and play their game. The whole thing calls for intelligence as the two teams will try to outwit each other.Zambia will carry the day folks.

  17. Ndola resident   October 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    We will carry the day believe in my words!

  18. mupopo   October 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    No doubt Zambia will win. 2-1

  19. mupopo   October 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    No doubt Zambia will win 2-1

  20. GUN   October 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Uganda 1:1 Zambia tupingemo,winer ulekwata umucinshi chicolour.

  21. sydney malama   October 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Ba winer you are very foolish

  22. Kankoyo Man   October 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Given acclimatisation problems, Zambia should arrive two hours before the game, play and leave.

  23. Komani   October 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Give them Serena or Sheraton u crooks. Why are you trying to behave as if Zambians are our enemies. Learn the game from Chipolopolo

  24. dice   October 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    3 star hotel?the Ugandan FA is not serious,gone r the dayz wen we wud accept anythin jus coz we r 4rm a so called poor country.we deserve better

  25. ati shani apo   October 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Imwe te hotel ilya chimbusu…..

  26. Tym 4 change   October 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Guyz Zambia is Zambia we are going there for a mission believe it we are winning Go Zambia Go chipolopolo iwe ….God be with us owayz.

  27. Genaro the Analyst   October 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

    What 3 star naimwe, we are champions these guys must be a 5 star hotel no, infact i think give them a 54 star hotel these are african champions. Analyse

  28. ROY MASE   October 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Guys you re not there 4 honeymoon, jst do yo wrk & win thats all. wishin you all the best of gud luck.

  29. fm   October 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Ba chipolopolo mwensoo uyo,just bring us the three points that all we Zambian soccer fans need Kwasilaaaaaaa!!!!

  30. Kankoyo Man   October 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Whats our strategy for tommorrow guys? Defend, defend, defend until we get the nil-nil draw? or Score an early goal and start defending while looking for the counter attack? Or play as if we are in Ndola… an open game where we attack and let them attack?