Chipolopolo trip to Cape Verde delayed by chartered plane

Cape Verde's Blue Sharks
Cape Verde's Blue Sharks

The Zambia National Football team failed to leave for the Cape Verde on Tuesday afternoon as earlier planed because the chartered plane had not arrived at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport.

The team was however expected to leave Tuesday evening at 8:30 PM hours ahead of Wednesday game against the cape Verde national side, the Blue Sharks.

The logistics of clearing the airspace for the chartered plane had earlier in the day caused the delay for the National Football team to leave for the Cape Verde.

However, clearance was secured in morning but players had to wait for the the chartered Aeroplane, Global Airline of South Africa, which was expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola at quarter to 8 pm, in time for an approximately 8 hour long flight.

This meant the team would have less hours of training for the game against Group F leaders Cape Verde, who are on three points after whacking Niger 3 goals to 1 in Niamey over the weekend.

Government accepted responsibility for the delay, but was doing everything possible to fly the team Tuesday evening.

Sports Deputy Minister Christopher Mulenga who is accompanying the team said government would in future ensure that such hiccups did not occur again.

Meanwhile, National Team Coach Honour Janza said the players were ready for the battle despite the delays to depart for Cape Verde.

And Captain Christopher Katongo said the team would not be destructed by the delayed departure.

Zambia is carrying one point after failing to haul a maximum three from the Mambas of Mozambique on Sunday at Levy Mwanawasa.

Meanwhile, ZNBC will not show live on television the match between Zambia and Cape Verde due to financial limitations.

The Game will be played Wednesday evening in the West African island country.

Acting Cooperate Affairs Manger Mpunga Simukwayi says right owners, Sport Five, offered a huge figure ZNBC could not afford.

Simukwayi says the initial quote by Sport Five was 4-Hundred thousand dollars, but only agreed to reduce the amount to 325-thousand dollars for three away and home matches.

ZNBC could however still not manage to meet the figure offered by Sport Five.