Mauritania Win Perfect Present for President Hichilema-Zulu
Director of Sport John Zulu says the Chipolopolo boys have duly honoured the ‘New Dawn’ government with a win and urged the team to do even better against Tunisia on Tuesday in Ndola.
And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says the absence of Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu should spur the other players to step up and represent the nation well against Tunisia.
Addressing the team after they beat Mauritania 2-1 in their opening Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Nouakchott, Zulu said the win was an icing on the cake in aftermath of a change of government in Zambia.
“Those that have come from Zambia, you what has been happening from 16th to date. This is just the icing on the cake. From the time we elected our President His Excellency Mr Hakainde Hichilema he has been preaching unity. We already know what happens in Zambia when the team wins, so all the statements our president has been emphasizing on unity. you also play a critical role in unifying the country, you do not know what you have done,” he said.
“When the new President was elected, he used a phrase, new dawn. So, the new dawn comes with unity, prosperity, and oneness. You have just given the right gift to tell him that Mr Hakainde Hichilema our President, welcome.”
“It is the first encounter in the history of our president’s presidency, and you have given him a win.”
And Kamanga urged the team to remain focussed on forget the 2-1 win as they had a bigger assignment against Tunisia on Tuesday in Ndola.
“This is a good beginning; it is always important to win the first game especially when you play away. This is why our executive is fully committed on this mission to go to the World Cup for the first time,” said the FAZ boss.
“We still have five games to go before we go to the second round. So, this is a good start. On Tuesday we are playing again, we should put this win behind us. It is already done and dusted, our minds should be the next 90 minutes on Tuesday, that is our target.”
On the absence of Patson Daka and captain Enock Mwepu who will miss Tuesday’s game due to Zambia being in the Covid-19 red zone according to global ratings, Kamanga hoped that the Covid-19 status can be normalized soon.
“We will miss our colleagues, captain (Enock Mwepu) and Patson (Daka) but as a team we still have enough cover, and we just have to continue building,” he said.
“We still have games next month in October at home and we hope the issues of COVID will be resolved by then but whoever is part of the first eleven [against Tunisia] and those who are on the bench, just remember that we are all fighting for one cause which is to go to the World Cup for the first time.”
Zambia hosts Tunisia on Tuesday in Ndola at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in a Group B Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
On Friday Zambia beat Mauritania 2-1 in Nouakchott with Mwepu and Prince Mumba scoring the goals.