PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Hooray Daka for EUROPA EXPLOITS
Independence Day felicitations to you the followers of beautiful game. We have had quite some positive vibes in the last few weeks befitting of a 57th anniversary for Zambia’s Independence celebrations. Our foreign based players have been hitting the right notes for their respective clubs while Red Arrows has also done the nation proud by qualifying to the pre-group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. Zanaco will also be in the pre-group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup despite losing out to Al Merreikh of Sudan in the Champions League. Our senior Women National Team are one leg into the next round of the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations for Women in Morocco after the 1-1 draw away in Lilongwe. The second leg is scheduled for Nkoloma Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday). We hope that with a small number of spectators allowed in the stadium, fans can turn up and cheer the ladies. Women football continues to soar and is breaking new grounds. We are encouraged to put more effort in growing the women’s game given the strides that the various teams are making.
On the foreign based players who are making positive headlines, we can only urge our players to keep working hard as this will translate into a strong national team. We are particularly pleased that they are peaking in form ahead of the international window that will see the Chipolopolo host Mauritania on November 13 before heading to Tunisia for the November 16 clash to conclude the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup group matches. We will take the two fixtures seriously and target victories to continue refining the team that is slowly coming of age. A lot has been said about the Patson Daka exploits where he has netted a historic haul in the Uefa Europa League while Enock Mwepu is also back in action after shaking off injury that ruled him out of the October FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Fashion Sakala is settling well in Scotland while the duo of Emmauel Banda and Edward Chilufya are on a positive run in Sweden where they are on the books of Djurgardens. There are many others like Lubambo Musonda, Evans Kangwa, Kings Kangwa and now Lameck Banda with a host of Africa based players also doing well like Augustine Mulenga, Gamphani Lungu, Toaster Nsabata, Tandi Mwape, Clatous Chama and Rally Bwalya. We have no doubt that the more our players play competitively in strong leagues, the better our national team will become.
Finally, we once again salute Red Arrows for their qualification to the next round. We cannot re-emphasise how important it is for Zambian teams to continue participating in inter-club competitions beyond the preliminary rounds. We wish Red Arrows and Zanaco all the best in the next round. For the women we have no doubt that you will gift the Zambian public an Independence present on Tuesday at Nkoloma Stadium.