Zambia : Kamanga: 2021 AFCON qualification non-negotiable

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FAZ President Andrew Kamanga says qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations should be non negotiable for Zambia.

Chipolopolo have failed to qualify for the Africa Cup twice in a row.

The failure has disappointed fans and many stakeholders on the local football front.

Kamanga said players, the technical bench and FAZ should be held accountable for Zambia’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup.

“We understand our supporters are frustrated. It is extremely disappointing. We are missing out on the Africa Cup second time around. 2021 should be non negotiable,” Kamanga said.

“I agree with you (journalists) the national team is the pride of the country, we need to preserve it, we need to protect and enhance it,” he said.

Kamanga questioned the performance of players when Zambia lost 1-0 to Mozambique in the flopped 2019 Africa Cup qualifying campaign.

“The same team performed well against Guinea Bissau at home even away in Bissau half time we were leading 1-0. Second half after 20 minutes we were still leading 1-0. You collapse and you lose 2-1 and then there is that performance in Mozambique. I have never seen Zambia play like that.”

“By the way as an executive we did our part. We motivated the team and doubled their bonuses. They were in South Africa for a week but what is the mindset of the players? Are they players put in as much efforts to say the national team is the pride of the nation?” Kamanga asked.

The FAZ boss has since announced that his executive committee will meet soon to review the performance of Coach Sven Vandenbroeck and decide his fate.

Kamanga went on to rate Sven’s performance as above average.

“Two wins, two loses and one draw it is just above average performance. You can’t call it poor,” Kamanga said.

The 38-year old Belgian coach has running contract until March 2019.

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