28 February 2013

Zambia: Faz On Countrywide Player Evaluation

THE FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) technical committee has commenced a nationwide assessment of players in view of the 2013 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup and the 2014 African Nations tournament (CHAN).

FAZ communications manager Erick Mwanza said at a Press briefing at Football House in Lusaka yesterday that the FAZ technical bench led by head coach, Herve Renard would be regionalised into five zones starting with Zone One being made up of Copperbelt, Luapula and North-Western provinces.

The selection process for Zone One would be conducted tomorrow and Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola where an estimated 44 players are expected to be selected in the provisional team.

Mwanza said Zone Two has Central and Northern, zone three includes Lusaka and Western, with Zone Four being made up of Southern alone, while Zone Five has Muchinga and Eastern provinces.

He said 44 players would be assessed from each zone and that the dates for the other zones would be announced later.

And Mwanza said the Chipolopolo's programme for the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Lesotho on March 23 would be released next week.

Meanwhile, MTNFootball.com reports that FAZ technical director Honour Janza has said he did not expect radical changes to the Chipolopolo squad for the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers starting next month after the team's 2013 AFCON flop.

And Zambia will regroup for the first time since the 2013 AFCON on March 17 ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho on March 22.

"If there will be any changes, they will purely be tactical," Janza told MTNFootball.com.

"This team had the misfortune of having a very brief period in which to reign as champions. That never happened to any other champions."

Janza also defended the teams' 2013 record emphasising that the team was unbeaten in South Africa with three draws despite their failure to advance to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Janza said Zambia would set up camp for the Brazil 2014 qualifiers in Johannesburg a week before they travel to Maseru to face Lesotho.

Zambia have three points from two games in Group D pending Sudan's appeal over their docked points for using an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Chipolopolo last June.

Lesotho are bottom of Group D on one point.

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