ABOUT 300 soccer fans are expected to travel to Kumasi to cheer the Chipolopolo during the crucial 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZASPOFA) president Peter Makembo said in Lusaka on Monday that the association is negotiating with five airlines.
Zambia takes on Ghana on September 6 at Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
“We will move into Kumasi with 300 fans to support our national team. The match against Ghana is very important for us in fulfilling the dream of qualifying to the World Cup that was left by our fallen heroes (Gabon air crash victims).
“Our target was to travel with 1000 fans but we have decided to travel with 300 fans because of financial constraints. As fans, it is our duty to supplement the efforts President Sata and the Football Association of Zambia are making in ensuring our national team continues making our country proud,” Makembo said.
He said ZASPOFA will put logistics in place to avoid getting stranded in Ghana.
“We will release air fares this weekend so that even other individuals that
will be interested in travelling to Ghana with us can also register their names,” Makembo said.
He said the association is in touch with a number of Zambians living in Ghana to be on hand to cheer the Chipolopolo.
Makembo said fans are happy with the progress Zambian football has made that saw the Chipolopolo winning the 2012 Africa Cup title and reclaiming the COSAFA Castle Senior Challenge Cup.
“When the boys are down it is our responsibility to raise their morale by cheering them. Our team needs tough-tested fans that will be able to withstand pressure from Ghananian fans during the match. We will move in full force in Kumasi,” Makembo said.
Zambia must beat Ghana to qualify for the final round of 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers.
Ghana leads Group D with 12 points, one better Zambia. Lesotho and Sudan, who will clash in a formality match in Khartoum, have two points each.