Katongo says poor planning has made Zambia to miss AFCON tournament

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The Chipolopolo Boys after scoring a wining goal to become Champions of Africa.

Zambia will not be at the Africa Cup of Nations final to be held in Gabon this month.


The Chipolopolo Boys as they are commonly known failed to qualify to the continental biggest football tournament.


Zambia National Soccer Team Captain Christopher Katongo

And former Zambia national team captain Christopher Katongo has strongly condemned Zambia for what he says as inability to plan for the future – in stark contrast to his own forethought.


After being crowned African champions almost four years ago, Chipolopolo have suffered two first-round exits since and have not made it to 2017 tournament in Gabon.


“I think we failed to qualify for the tournament because the transition after winning the cup in 2012 was not handled properly,” Katongo said.


“A lot of players that won the tournament have been discarded for new ones who lack the necessary experience.


“We need to be patient in order for us to build a strong team for the future and avoid rushing young players.”


7 Responses to Katongo says poor planning has made Zambia to miss AFCON tournament

  1. i don’t think dropping the old players was the reason we failed. We had no coach no development players and no FAZ leadership. That’s why we will be escorting other teams to the world cup

    January 2, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    • All those are rumours and assumptions. Zambia needs to embrace evidence based decision making and not making decisions based on such speculations. Research that bears valid evidence tends to be disregarded in Zambia

      Soccer fan
      January 3, 2017 at 5:16 am

    • @Hamaimbo, I think Katongo and you, are talking about one and the same thing except Katongo summarized what you have elaborated in details otherwise the difference is the same.

      January 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

  2. Ba Katongo we retained the same squad that won us the Africa cup but we had two first round exits. Most players with the exception of Kalaba, Nsunzu and Chisamba suffered a serious slump in form

    January 3, 2017 at 4:39 am

  3. Awe mukwai Katongo is saying we should have kept the old players. Hamaimbo is saying there was no replacement for the old players and we had no leadership in terms of coach and faz

    January 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

  4. Listen to the truth:
    1. After Herve Renard left, Zambia started playing old fashioned football of kick and run, collect the ball and just run with it anyhow. A type of game of the old century. Poor coaching standards.
    2. We saw Kalusha being fault left right and centre by the likes of Simata and Kamanga. All this affected the team. The smear campaign against Kalusha that he is too selfish etc. We allowed jealousy and greed to creep into football. Now Kamanga is in and i believe FAZ as a whole is missing Kalusha. We prefered a nonentity for experience.
    3. Then came a type of Government which is prepared to support FAZ without planning. When a country is broke due to a poor economy football is affected. Dont dispute because GRZ has failed to employ an expatriate couch. Katongo is correct.

    kanwa kahosha
    January 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

  5. So Katongo wanted to continue playing to date, whats wrong with us Africans kanshi? even in football its wamuyayaya. In his small mind he beleives its only him who can bring glory to our country, move on nigga, your time is long gone. Find some to do and stop crying over spilled millk

    January 11, 2017 at 4:41 am

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