25 December 2012

Zambia: Fans Welcome Afcon Squad

CHIPOLOPOLO soccer fans have welcomed the provisional 26-man squad that Zambia coach Herve Renard has unveiled for the final pre- Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparations but questioned the inclusion of goalkeeper, Kalililo Kakonje.

Both Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association (CSFA) and Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZASOFA) expressed happiness with the composition of the team but wondered why Red Arrows goalkeeper, Danny Munyau failed to make the list.

CSFA chairperson, Yotam Mwanza praised Renard for sticking to his formidable squad that won the 2012 AFCON championship in Gabon.

Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Renard had shown some consistency by returning almost the AFCON winning team but wondered why Munyau was left out.

He said Munyau could have given good competition to the three goalkeepers called-up, Kennedy Mweene, Joshua Titima and Kakonje.

"Overall, it's a good squad and we salute him for naming a formidable side which won the 2012 AFCON. But Danny Munyau could have been included to create competition to the three goalkeepers named in the team," Mwanza said.

ZASOFA patron, Peter Makembo also embraced the squad but with caution over the inclusion of Kakonje.

Makembo said ZASOFA was disappointed that Munyau, who played in the weekend's friendly against Tanzania, was left out.

He said Kakonje had been inactive at club level and wondered why Munyau was dropped.

Makembo also said Renard could have included South Africa-based midfielder, Clifford Mulenga, who was expelled from the 2012 AFCON finals because of disciplinary matters.

He said Mulenga was doing well at Supersport United and also that no-show TP Mazembe striker, Given Singuluma just needed some counseling.

And Mwanza said CSFA and mobile phone giants, MTN Zambia would tomorrow hold a send-off party for the Chipolopolo before departure for the pre-AFCON preparations.

He said the function would start at Football House and then end at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka to see off the team.

Renard named a strong 26-man squad which goes into residential camp in South Africa on December 26.

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