12 Jan, 19:38
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga has sent a message of goodwill to the national team in Morocco. Kamanga has wished the team and the technical bench luck ahead of their group B opener against Uganda.
Kamanga believes Chipolopolo has gained a lot of experience over the past 8 years to go all the way having come close in 2009.
-As the Zambia National team takes to the field against the cranes of Uganda in the 5th edition of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament this Sunday, I would take this opportunity to wish the lads and the entire technical bench the best of luck as they do duty for Mother Zambia.
-We begin the year 2018 faced with a task to conquer Africa. The mission ahead is neither easy nor difficult. We have in the last 8 years attempted to conquer the continent at this level, but all our efforts have often fallen by the wayside. We came close in 2009 with a semi-final finish followed by a quarter-final finish 7 years later. Although history does not favour us, we have learnt a great deal of lessons drawn from our past pitfalls.
The FAZ boss assured the team of support from Zambian fans both home and abroad. Kamanga revealed that he has put his trust in the team to re-write history.
-This is the more reason we believe that you are capable of re-writing our story, by winning the tournament for the first time in the history of this great country.
-As you take to the field, be reminded that Zambians home and abroad will be rallying behind you throughout the competition. Our high expectations have been exacerbated by the remarkable progress the team has made in the past year.