Chipolopolo Boys’ coach Herve Renard’s decision to maintain the same squad ahead of the forthcoming FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying games next month has elated soccer fans in the country.
And his counterpart Yotam Mwanza, the Chipolopolo boys Soccer Fans Association Chairperson, has noted that his organization supports Renard’s decision not to change the squad for the qualifying World Cup games.
Chipolopolo boys Brass Band Supporters Chairperson Chisenga Lwipa says the stance taken by the Frenchman was a step in the right direction.
Lwipa told ZANIS sports in a telephone interview in Lusaka today that this shows Renard still confident in the 2012 AFCON champions despite what he called their dismal performance in the on-going 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.
He was certain that the squad has greater chances of qualifying to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for the first in the history Zambia.
Lwipa pointed out that it was possible for the Chipolopolo boys as former Africa Champions to qualify to the World Cup as they are leading group D with six points, three better than group rivals, Ghana.
“ Failure to defend the AFCON trophy is not the end of the world. It is an opportunity for the Chipolopolos to go and represent Zambia at the World Cup by ensuring that win all the remaining games during the qualifiers, ‘ he said.
Lwipa however called on all Soccer fan bodies to come to together, merge and be incorporated in the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) as key partners.
He added that this would be of great importance as it will assist to ensure that they offer all the necessary moral support all the way until the Chipolopolo boys qualify to the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo boys Soccer Fans Association Chairperson Yotam Mwanza noted that his organization agrees with Renard’s move not to change the squad for the qualifying World Cup games.
Mwanza stressed that the squad that the Frenchman prepared for the AFCON was good enough to make it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He added this was because the team was experienced and all what was needed is to put in place more strategic good mechanisms that would add value for them to qualify.
Mwanza stated that it was therefore imperative for all soccer fans to rally behind Renard’s decision and give total support to the squad as they are on a crucial journey to qualify to the World Cup in Brazil.
The Chipolopolo boys will face Lesotho in consecutive matches for the World Cup qualifiers before hosting Sudan and an away fixture to Ghana.
Zambia is currently leading Group D with six points, three better than second placed Ghana while Sudan and Lesotho have a point each.