Zambian FA boss happy with CAF Award nominees

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 16:30

The Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has sent a message of best wishes to the country’s CAF Award nominees.

Kamanga has congratulated the U20 national team and referee Janny Sikazwe for being shortlisted for the 2017 CAF Awards.

The Junior Chipolopolo has been shortlisted for the National Team of the Year Award, while Zambian International striker Patson Daka has been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Sikazwe has got the nod for the Referee of the Year Award and Kamanga has congratulated all the nominees.


“On behalf of the FAZ executive and the rest of the football family, I would like to convey our great pleasure on your selection for the 2017 CAF Awards,” said Kamanga.

“It is a great honour for Zambia to see our ambassadors competing among the best on the African continent.

“The selection of our envoys on the various categories of the 2017 CAF Awards epitomizes the rise of our game in the last year.

“Your selection for the various CAF Awards doesn’t surprise us at is proof enough of the level of success you have attained in a calendar year.

“FAZ is further invigorated by the bar you have set for the current and future ambassadors of the Zambian game – I would like to wish you the very best of luck.”

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Zambian Justin Shonga eyeing CAF Champions League spot with South African giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates

Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 15:00

Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga believes the Soweto giants must ensure they finish at the top during this current Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

The Chipolopolo hitman says they must do well this season and ensure they qualify for the CAF Champions League.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic are now sitting at number two in the Absa Premiership and will hope to challenge for the league honours.

“My priority is the team because I believe there is much more that the team can do. Recently, things have not been going well and things should not be this way,” Shonga told Soccer Laduma.

“I watched the team last season and it was not good to see them performing that way.

“This season it must be different because a team like Pirates needs to be playing in the CAF Champions League and finishing in a good position on the log standings.

“It is unacceptable for a great team like this not to win anything.”

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Zambian referee Jan Sikazwe to officiate at 2018 World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Referee Janny Sikazwe during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 15:00

Zambian international referee Jan Sikazwe will hoist the country’s flag at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as he will form part of the officials.

A list revealing referees at the global tournament has included Sikazwe who is among 36 officials listed to officiate at the World Cup.

ZambianFootball reports that Sikazwe and Gambian Bakary Papa Gassama are part of the six men coming from the Confederation of African Football list of referees.


In recent times, Sikazwe has been touted as one of the best referees in Zambia and in the African continent at the moment.

The man from Kapiri officiated last year’s Club World Cup final involving Spanish giants Real Madrid which is one of the biggest matches the Zambian has been in charge of.

Among other matches and tournaments he officiated at is 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers replay between Senegal and South Africa as well as the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

Algeria’s Mehdi Abid Charef, Malang Diedhiou of Senegal, Gambia’s Gassama and Weyesa Bmlak are also some of the officials in the list.

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Senior national team coach Wedson Nyirenda happy with Zambian youngsters – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 18:00

Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has credited his squad of young players following the 2-2 draw against Cameroon at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

The reigning African Champions came from behind twice to cancel out Patson Daka and Brian Mwila’s goals in their final Group B, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier clash.

In the wake of the stalemate, Nyirenda says the future of the Chipolopolo side looks bright, but he wants to see an improvement.

“I am happy with the boys; I think there is a lot of hope in this team. I think the future looks good,” said Nyirenda.


“The young players accounted for themselves well, and Cameroon were equally good. This game gives us an impression of how the boys can stand the pressure of playing at home.”

Although some have been calling for the inclusion of stalwarts such as Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala, the attacking threat posed by the likes of Enock Mwepu, Daka, Fashion Sakala, Mwila and Augustine Mulenga has given hope to the Chipolopolo faithful.

The 2012 African champions will now prepare for the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships tournament in Morocco.

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Cameroon coach Hugo Broos heaps praise on Zambian side – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 15:00

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has heaped praise on the current Chipolopolo squad, saying they will be a force to reckon with in the near future.

Broos’ led his side to a 2-2 draw in Ndola on Saturday as they came from behind twice to secure a point in Group B.


“Zambia has made big progression. When I compare the game in Limbi, one year ago and I see how they played the qualification for the World Cup and how they played today against us,” the Belgian said.

“This is a young team with much talent. If they progress more they will become a very good team.”

The reigning African champions finished third in their qualifying group from one win, four draws and one loss – they have failed to qualify for the World Cup.

On the other hand, Zambia recorded two wins, two draws and as many defeats to finish runners up in the qualifiers.

In the group, it was Nigeria’s Super Eagles that qualified for the highly anticipated World Cup next year in Russia.

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Zambian assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi pleased with country’s progress in qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Algerian player Benguit Abderraouf (L) fights for the ball with Zambian player Fackson Kapumbu (R) during the World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Algeria and Zambia in Constantine, Algeria on 05 September 2017 © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 13:30

Zambian assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi says Chipolopolo must build on the lessons gained during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The experienced manager was speaking after their 2-2 draw against Cameroon at home on Saturday in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers clash.

Zambia recorded two wins, two draws and two defeats to finish as runners up in Group B with eight points just behind group winners Nigeria who booked a spot in Russia.

Speaking after the clash against the Indomitable Lions in Ndola, Chiyangi said his side has learned cardinal lessons from the campaign.

“After playing these games it has taught the team lessons which we have to build on,” Chiyangi said.

“When we come to play the Africa Cup games it will be good for us because our team has tested how to play tough games and how to play against tough teams.

“There is a lot of hope in our team. When we played the first games against Nigeria and Cameroon we were building a new team.

“When you look at the team we have today most of the players are young and if you look at their performance is excellent.”

The 2019 Africa Cup qualifying campaign resumes next March with Zambia travelling to Namibia on day-two of the games.

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Zambian FA boss Andrew Kamanga urges sponsors to aid Women’s football in the Southern African country

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:30

The Zambian Football Association’s president, Andrew Kamanga says he wants to extend women’s football to all provinces in the country.

The FAZ boss has hinted on finalising talks with the women’s football league sponsors, urging them to come on board.

Kamanga was reacting after demands from the fans for an explanation over the U17 Women’s team crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.


The failure to qualify for the global tournament comes after FAZ’s negligence in organising women’s football in the country.

“As much as we appreciate women’s league being active in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, there’s also need to extend it to other provinces,” said the FAZ boss.

Reports reveal that the FAZ Women’s League, which covers only two provinces, Copperbelt and Lusaka, is currently run without sponsors and winning prize money.

The FAZ boss has assured stakeholders of a strong and competitive Women’s league and further emphasized the need of training women coaches and enhancing technical departments of their teams.

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Zambian international delighted to join South African giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:30

Zambian international and Orlando Pirates striker, Justin Shonga has revealed that legendary Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma has inspired him.

Shonga said playing in the South African Premier Soccer League is a good thing for his career as he used to watch the Soweto giants.

Mbesuma is one of the Zambians who have done well in the PSL having starred for Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands and the Buccaneers.

The former Nkwazi FC hitman is yet to score in South Africa, but will hope to be on the mark as they visit Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Last 16 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

“Joining Pirates is a good thing. I used to watch Pirates some time back when they had players like Mbesuma and Chansa,” Shonga tells

“I am happy to join them because it’s every player’s dream to play for a big club. I am having a good time and the reception was okay. They received me well and I have been mingling well with the guys.

“I want to achieve a lot of things. I want to score goals for the club and help the club win cups. We have to push hard for us to get that because it won’t just come easy. When you join a new club, you need to work hard to find a position to be playing.”

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Kitwe United lambastes poor officiating at Zambian FA

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 19:00

Zambian Division One League side, Kitwe United have lodged a complaint to the Football Association of Zambia over poor officiating.

The protest comes after United‘s 1-0 loss last Saturday against Kansanshi Dynamos in Solwezi.

Kansanshi booted Kitwe from the top of the FAZ Division 1, Zone 2 log table after a first half penalty awarded by Chingola referee Louis Macha gifted them the three points.


Kansanshi have 55 points, two above Kitwe after 27 matches and Kitwe boss Gabriel Akayombokwa said the Buchi Boys were aggrieved by the manner in which the penalty was awarded.

“We have lodged a complaint to FAZ over poor officiating. We are also aware that the assistant referee works for Kansanshi Mines,” Akayombokwa said.

There are only three games left to play before the Zone Two season closes as FAZ is yet to make a decision on the complaint.

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Tafadzwa Rusike trying his luck at Zambian giants Zanaco FC – 2017 FAZ Super League

Caps United player Tafadzwa Rusike attacks USM Alger goal area during a CAF Champions League match on 24 April 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. Caps United won the match by 2 goals to 1. Zinyange Auntony

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 17:30

Zimbabwe and former Caps United midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike is trying to land a contract with Zambian Premier Soccer League side Zanaco FC.

Media reports in Zimbabwe reveal that the midfielder flew to Zambia last week for trials with the Super League outfit.

The move away from home follows the termination of his contract by Caps United last month.

The News Day website says Rusike’s deal was brokered by an agent, George Deda, who has links with the Zambian club.


Deda was influential in arranging United’s pre-season in Zambia and it is believed he was behind the player’s move.

United parted ways with Rusike last month and while the club refused to comment on the reasons, the midfielder blamed his woes on injuries which had kept him on the sidelines for a long time.

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Ugandan FA turn to Zambian legend to help find a coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 12:30

The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations has roped in Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya in an aim to source a suitable candidate for the Cranes coaching job.

With interim coach Moses Basena’s mandate ending after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers final game against Congo early next month, FUFA has opened a global search for a permanent coach that will take the Cranes to another level.


After the application process between October 23-29, Bwalya’s technical panel that also includes Watson and Asuma Lubowa (FUFA Technical Committee) among others, they will come up with a final list of nominees.

The nominees will be discussed between the federation and government before the executive committee makes the final pronouncement on November 15.

“The Fufa Emergency Committee took a decision to open up the job vacancy of Cranes and the terms of reference also include coaching the U-23 side (Kobs),” CEO Edgar Watson said.

“Our expectations are that the applicants should have the experience and top most qualifications in Africa or its equivalent to handle the job and that is the main duty of the panel.

“He (Bwalya) is one unique African with many attributes. He has been head CAF Technical Committee, a legendary footballer, coached national team, a president of a federation (Zambia) and is neutral in terms of the Ugandan football status.

“His experience on the globe will give us that quality we need in determining our next coach.”

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Zambian coach calls for cool heads against Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 12:30

Zambian national team coach, Wedson Nyirenda has warned that the game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria will need a strong psychological approach.

Chipolopolo will visit Nigeria for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier next Saturday, October 7 as they look to book a spot at the tournament in Russia.

Nyirenda says he is preparing his troops mentally and anticipates a tough encounter in West Africa next weekend.


“This game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” Nyirenda tells FAZ website.

“Every player and everyone on our bench know and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out.

“Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done.

“Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be big headed because we beat Algeria we are focused on looking at Nigeria only.”

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Disgruntled Algerian coach slams Zambian World Cup chances – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 18:00

Despite praising the Zambian squad after suffering two-back to back losses against the Chipolopolo in 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Algerian coach Lucas Alcraraz says they must rather focus on qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Spaniard reckons Zambia have no chance of securing a slot at the upcoming tournament because of the form Nigeria are in.

After the 1-1 draw against the Indomitable Lions on Monday, the Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points, three better than Chipolopolo while Cameroon have three points, two clear of Algeria who are bottom.

“Zambia has a balanced squad with a blend of youngsters but I don’t think they can make it for the World Cup in Russia,” said Alcaraz.

“I know it was an interesting result in Cameroon, which gives hope to other teams, but still the momentum is with Nigeria.

“Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda has a good team, but I think he should concentrate on building a strong team with the focus on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

“I believe the Qatar target is attainable if they can maintain the same performance.”

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Zambian coach names squad for Bafana clash – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 17:00

Ahead of their trip to South Africa for their 2018 CAF Africa Championship Qualifiers opening leg, Zambian coach Wedson Nyirenda has named his squad.

Nyirenda has announced a 20-member squad that will face Bafana Bafana in the CHAN qualifier to be played in South Africa on Saturday.

A statement released by the Football Association of Zambia reveals that the team is expected to leave the country on Thursday via South African Airways.

The encounter will be staged at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London and gets underway at 15:00 (CAT).


Chibwe Allan (Power Dynamos), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)


Shamujompa Isaac (Power Dynamos), Donashano Malama (Nkana) Simon Silwimba (Zesco), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco) Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Moses Nyondo (Nkana)


Ngwenya Godfrey (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Sikombe Collins(NAPSA), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), John Ching’andu (Zesco)


Shonga Justin (Nkwazi), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Alex N’gonga (Power Dynamos)

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Mike Mutebi on why Sserunkuma left KCCA for Zambian club

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 05, 2017. 20:00

Kampala Capital City Authority coach, Mike Mutebi has revealed why striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma left the club and joined Zambian side Buildcon.

Tom Masiko also left and joined Vipers SC, but the coach has since revealed why the duo jumped the ship.

Media reports in Uganda reveal that the coach said the two players rejected offers by KCCA to sign new contracts at Lugogo.

Speaking to Kawowo Sports, Mutebi said the club never intended to let the two players leave.


“Geoffrey (Sserunkuma) and Masiko rejected our offers,” said Mutebi.

“We offered each two year deals with a settlement fee of USD 2800 (Ugx. 10 million) and an improved salary which they rejected.

“When I told Masiko about the deal, he never got back to me and all I heard later was that he had signed with Vipers. For Sserunkuma, he hesitated to sign just because he didn’t want the club to get any fee in case a club wanted to him.”

On the rest of departures, Mutebi confirmed the club had no interest in keeping either at Lugogo for the season ahead.

These include Ivan Ntege who has since moved to Botswana, Sulaimon Akinyemi (Buildcon, Zambia), Vincent Kayizzi, Lawrence Kasadha and Robert Ssentongo.

“The rest weren’t in our plans so we released them at no condition. Ntege, Vincente (Kayizzi), Akinyemi, Ssentongo and Kasadha were all released,” adds the manager.

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Zambian national team coach forgives Chama, but will discipline Kalaba – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Rainford KALABA of Zambia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 10:00

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda says skipper Rainford Kalaba will be called to the disciplinary committee ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria.

This comes after the TP Mazembe skipper went straight to the dressing room after being substituted in the second half of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique which they lost 1-0.

Kalaba was withdrawn for midfielder Given Singuluma and the coach said Kalaba will be sanctioned during a briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Chipolopolo will host the Desert Foxes on September 2 before facing the North Africans three days later in Constantine.


“We are going to discipline Rainford Kalaba. We are running an institution and discipline is non-negotiable,” Nyirenda said.

“You will see the team list. Destitution in Zambian football is because of the way we were handled by some coaches.

“We were not given good direction by some coaches. I am not going to have a soft hand on matters that will ruin them down, that will break their future, then I am a bad parent.”

On the other hand, the coach said he has buried the hatchet with midfielder Cletus Chama who also did not show sportsmanship against Swaziland last month as he went to the dressing room.

“For Cletus, he apologised after the game. He did not know what he did was wrong. He is a child. I told him that I forgave him before he even did that,” adds Nyirenda.

“I asked him a question, who I am not to forgive? I have wronged people, I have made mistakes, and people have forgiven me.

“I don’t want to be the coach who will contribute to his downfall. We will sit him down about direction in football.

“We have seen world-class stars who have fallen out of favour despite what they have done.”

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Zambian international striker heads to SA – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Brian Mwila of Zambia challenged by Banda Abdi of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 14:00

As they continue to bolster their squad, South African Premier Soccer League club, Platinum Stars have completed the signing of Zambian international striker

The Chipolopolo hitman joins from Zambian Super League outfit, Green Buffaloes FC on a three-year deal.

Although reports indicated that Mwila was on Baroka FC’s radar, he has now completed his move to Rustenburg.


Dikwena announced their new signing on Tuesday via their official Twitter page as he joins the likes of Enocent Mkhabela, Lehlogonolo Masalesa and Maboke Matlakala in Phokeng.

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Zambian youngster Banda rejects Portuguese giants FC Porto – 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup

Emmanuel Banda of Zambia challenged by Abdoul karim Dante of Mali during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Mali and Zambia at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 18:00

Zambia Under-20 international Emmanuel Banda has turned down Portuguese giants FC Porto and joined Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende.

The promising midfielder, who played for Zambia at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in South Korea, has been on the books of Portuguese club S.C Esmoriz.

Oostende released the following statement after signing the youngster.

“The Zambian U20 international Emmanuel Banda (19) signed a contract until 2020. He is from the Portuguese Esmoriz and chose KVO above the Portuguese top club FC Porto.

“Emmanuel Banda played last season at Esmoriz, a club in a lower Portuguese division. He was also active with Zambia at the World Cup U20 and won the Africa Cup U20. There he noted himself with a fabulous goal against Mali. He also scored against the U20 in Germany.

“Banda He immediately came across several clubs, and was even close to a transfer to Porto Porto’s top club. However, it is KVO who managed to pull this talent.

“The Zambian is a game maker who stands out with his step technique and vista. At KVO, he is now given the opportunity to develop in full.

Welcome to our weireldploegsje Emmanuel,” the statement read.

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