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Chipolopolo on the knife edge

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Honor Janza

Honor Janza

Zambia today face Niger having to save a faltering campaign and possibly coach Honour Janza’s job in the race for the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup, reports Norman Kapata.

The Chipolopolo are winless in three Africa Cup fixtures and the technical bench knows that anything short of victory will spell doom for the Chipolopolo Boys.

Levy Mwanawasa stadium is not expected to be its usual boisterous setting as the crowds have thinned out as the results have slid down.

Zambia will also have to put aside their pre-match problems that has seen skipper Christopher Katongo ejected from camp after a fall out with Janza.

Zambia may face elimination from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations today as they host Niger in the two’s fourth Group F match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in a match which the mighty Chipolopolo Boys needs to collect three vital points or face possible eliminations of going to Morocco in 2015.

This is a must win match for the Chipolopolo Boys as the losing team at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium today is likely to face greater chances of elimination in case Mozambique collects a point in Cape Verde.

The Zambian team needs to beat Niger at all cost if they are to remain relevant in the Morocco 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign.

Honour Janza’s side which will go into this match with two points after three rounds of matches and bottom placed Niger have equally picked two points so far in the campaign.

The two teams are four points behind group leaders Cape Verde and three below second placed Mozambique.

The losing team at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium is likely to be eliminated from the qualifiers in case Mozambique collects a point in Cape Verde.
Prior to this game, Janza has insisted that Zambia are still in the race to Morocco 2015.

“We are still in contention and have nine points to fight for,” he said.

It is unclear if Janza will continue shuffling his team set up although the absence of Katongo could free up some space for Nkana striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba who has been on the fringes of senior team action.

However, Turkey based Jacob Mulenga will be favoured to lead the lines upfront where he could be joined by Given Singuluma and the youthful Charles Zulu.

The return of Stoppilla Sunzu who missed out on the first leg due to a bereavement after he lost his sister will add stability at the heart of defence where Nyambe Mulenga who impressed in the first leg will be a sure starter.

Janza may return faith in his two wingbacks although few would be rooting for Kabaso Chongo given his theatrics in Niamey where his hairdo may have left a stronger impression than his football contribution.

Janza will know that anything short of victory will mark the final nail in his reign and probably close the debate for having a local coach take over the Chipolopolo in the foreseeable future.

This will be a game which is likely to determine the future of Honor Janza as Head Coach of the National team  –If he loses his head is likely to be on the chopping board after the axing of Skipper Christopher Katongo and if he wins the tables will turn to his favour. Come rain or darkness the Match between Zambia and Niger is on this evening at 6pm CAT and only the best team will walk out of Levy Stadium with a smile

Niger forward Kamilou Daouda declared that the West Africans are in Zambia to beat Chipolopolo.

“Zambia is a big team but we are here to win,” Daouda said.

Zambia still has to travel to Maputo next month before closing with a home fixture against Cape Verde.

However, the writing is now very clear on the wall: Zambia’s attack is aging and nearing its sell-by date.

Nkana striker Ronald Kampamba who had travelled with the team but didn’t even make the 18 players selected for the game by Janza while Zanaco winger Charles Zulu made a surprise debut before making way for Emmanuel Mayuka

 

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