PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Hats Off Fans for Standing with the Team

There could be no better start to this week than reflecting on the Chipolopolo’s 4-0 win over Mauritania at National Heroes Stadium on Saturday. It was a bitter-sweet moment given how complicated our position on the table where we are perched third with seven points, three behind group leaders Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea. Ironically, we play the group leaders on their home turf tomorrow. A lot of permutations have been floated ahead of this match, but our focus is that we need to target victory and worry about the permutations later. At the barest minimum, we need a 3-0 victory notwithstanding what will happen elsewhere. Our focus will be to do our part to try and do our part and let other things follow.

Apart from the players, there is one constituency that we need to give full credit for the team’s uplifted performances-the fans. The fans that have turned up at National Heroes Stadium in the last two games have been amazing. We felt their energy throughout the 90 minutes and wish to salute them. The 12th player will be very crucial in helping us take our team back among the elite of the African game. Our lads have been uplifted by the positive energy from the fans. We urge the public to stand with the team as it nears a point of being a complete article. To get to this point of having a competitive team has taken a lot of hard work and we have no doubt that if we continue working hard, we will turn a corner soon. Partly, our campaign has suffered from the Covid-19 that deprived us of some of our best performing players who could not making it as we were in the red zone. However, we are confident that beyond this qualification race, the Chipolopolo will be a formidable challenger for successive competitions. On the administrative side of business, we have done our best to help prepare the team for all the international assignments that they are engaged in. We will keep providing the team with the necessary support to ensure that it keeps improving.

As they do battle tomorrow in Tunis, we can only wish the lads the best of luck. Things can only get better from this point. Let us stand with the team across all seasons and they will deliver to our expectations.


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