Fans disappointed over Chipolopolo’s draw with Lestho

Zambia Sports Fans Association

Soccer Fans have expressed disappointment with the draw result Zambia got in Lesotho. Renard was particularly blamed for the draw by substituting forward Collins Mbesuma for defensive midfielder William Njovu, a change that allowed Lesotho to drive forward.

Cholwe Mweemba, a Chilenje fan said Mbesuma was the only player who keep Lesotho on their toes and when he was rested, it allowed the Sothos to go forward freely.

“Mbesuma was the best player, he struck the post and Lesotho knew they needed to watch him, now Renard, in his wisdom, thought otherwise. Mbesuma was the best player for Zambia and you substitute him,” Mweemba said.

Another fan, Jeseph Nguvu said Mbesuma should have been left on the field and further questioned what positives William Njobvu brought to the team.

On goalie Kennedy Mweene’s red card, Nguvu said the Free State Stars goalie had no option and his deliberate foul that led to him been sent off, was a sacrificing for his country.

Chanda Bwanga was subtle in his assessment saying Zambia must just forget about the World Cup and all players as coach Renard were consistently performing below par.

“Look at our big players, Chris Katongo, Stopilla Sunzu, Rainford Kalaba, what did they do. The coach also has loyalty to players who can’t perform. How did Njobvu become so neceessary that you should come in for Mbesuma. If by chance we qualify to the World Cup, we will be an embarrassment,” he said.

In Kitwe, most fans talked to at Arthur Davies Stadium where Power Dynamos and Kabwe Warriors kick off at the same time as the Zambia match expressed disappointment over Chipolopolo’s performance.

A visibly disappointed Robert Banda, who was one of the many fans who abandoned the Power-Warriors match to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter from a pub under the grand stand, said Chipolopolo needed an outright victory yesterday.

Banda said a win was important to Zambia’s quest for maiden World Cup appearance saying it victory could have eased pressure off Chipolopolo owing to the next two matches at home in June against Lesotho and Sudan.

“We can’t go anywhere with that bad performance – we should forget just about qualifying for the World Cup. The team is not inspiring, it is a shadow of the 2012 Africa Cup winning squad,” Banda said.

Evans Mwamba echoed Banda’s sentiments saying there was need for the Herve Renard-headed coaching staff to make an overhaul of the team by phasing out senior players whom he described as having outlived their usefulness.

Mwamba said there was urgent need to beef up the team with ambitious young talent that is able to cope with the demands of the fast paced modern game.

“But unfortunately, it is like we are content with the same old players who have clearly demonstrated that they have nothing more to offer. The same senior players who contributed to our early elimination from the Africa Cup were continued from where they left,” Mwamba said