State organises Chipolopolo prayers

Zambia 2-0 Zimbabwe - Chipolopolo Cosafa Cup champions @ Levi Mwanawasa Stadium

GOVERNMENT has organised inter-denominational prayers for the Zambia national soccer team ahead of next Friday’s 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi.
And the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will on Monday dispatch an advance party to Kumasi to check on facilities available for the team.
Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview yesterday that the prayers will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka next Tuesday at 19:00 hours.
Kambwili said the game against Ghana will be tough and it is important that the nation seeks divine intervention.
He is optimistic that the Chipolopolo will triumph in Kumasi.
Kambwili appealed to all churches to dedicate this weekend’s prayers to the national soccer team.
“Let me ask the nation to rally behind the team and dedicate the prayers this weekend to the boys. We need God’s intervention that is why we have called for inter-denominational prayers,” he said.
Similar inter-denominational prayers were held in Ndola last June before the respective World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Sudan.
Kambwili said Ghana are panicking going by the number of players they have summoned for the match.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has recalled English side Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, Italian giants AC Milan midfielder Kelvin-Prince Boateng and midfielder Andre Ayew of French outfit Olympique Marseille.
And FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo will lead the advance party to Kumasi.
FAZ communications manager Erick Mwanza said the association is taking the tie against Ghana with the seriousness it deserves and does not want to take anything for granted.
Mwanza said the advance team will ensure that all is in place ahead of the Chipolopolo’s arrival in Kumasi.
“So far preparations for the team’s arrival are progressing well and we don’t want to spoil things at the last minute and so we are sending a high-powered delegation which will ensure that the team does not struggle in Ghana,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Lusaka businessman Kunda Mwila has advised soccer fans wishing of travel to Ghana to submit visa application on time.