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Zambia Frustrated As Lack Of Government Funding Aborts Proposed Spain Camping

Zambia Frustrated As Lack Of Government Funding Aborts Proposed Spain Camping

By Kayode Ogundare in Accra:

The Zambia national team have been left frustrated by a lack of government funding which aborted the proposed tour of Europe for a training camp ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.


FAZ president Andrew Kamanga confirmed the development to Zambian media in an interview.

“No, we are not going to Spain, we will just go to West Africa on Sunday, I think Ghana where conditions are almost the same, plus it only takes 45 minutes to fly [from Ghana] into Nigeria. I think we will manage to prepare well,”

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However, unnamed Zambia Times’ sources say the team felt frustrated by the failed European camp as it has altered the coaches’ plans.

“The plan was to do like the Under-20 did prior to the Africa Cup and the World Cup. You saw how that camping helped the boys. Now in this [senior] team we have a lot of local players who needed to be fine-tuned in those two weeks so that by the time the professionals join in, they move at the same pace…as you know Nigeria is a very competitive side, no local players. But hands are tied since government funds the national team,” said the sources.

Subsequently, rather than head for Spain, coach Wedson Nyirenda named a mix of domestic league players and a sprinkle of foreign-based on Friday and they left Lusaka for Accra on Sunday morning.

The last but one Group B match in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital next Saturday will likely determine the winner of the sole ticket from the group.

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  • Sorry coach, don’t use this as an excuse when your boys are given a spanking by the Super Eagles. Lack of cash is almost universal, not only a Zambian headache.

  • hilary 4 years ago

    PSE we should not believe the Zambia gamble. PSE we should be very careful with them.the super eagles have to pray very well. I had a dream where the Zambians score before us this morning.PSE pray for the eagles.God bless Nigeria.

    • Tgrace 4 years ago

      Lolz, it was ur mind full of such a thing. Come see victory and overcome ur mind fear. It is good we pray but u dnt pray without faith it dosen’t work that way.
      This is the scoreline Nigeria 4 v 0 Zambia

    • PapaFem 4 years ago

      @hilary, I dreamt that Cameroon scored first too. We went on to win. We are winning, God willing. Nigeria 4 Zambia 0.

    • Sunday Essiet 4 years ago

      Man, you must be a dreamer. Yeah which God do you pray to .Not Almighty God is not Partial, he love both Nigeria as well as Zambia.
      Footfall is a game of 11*2=22 players. The way you lay your Bed is how you sleep.
      To Super Eagles, no coplacensy, no undergoing the Zambians, play as African/European professionals. Manufacture the Goals as group leaders. Zambians are here as spoillers hence be caucious. At Uyo I can see Chipolopolo crash out from Russia WC. Big 2 v Sam 0

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    No matter what, Eagles will beat them insha Allah. No cause for larm. No tension NY people. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • omo9ja 4 years ago

      omo9ja 60 mins

      No matter what, Eagles will beat them insha Allah. No cause for larm. No tension my people. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • the truth is,they are coming to sit back;10 men behind the ball…….their real fight is against cameroon back at home in ndola…where dey hope to score alot using home advantage,and hoping nigeria slips against algeria away match,hence why nigeria cannot afford not to beat dem in uyo

  • don’t worry guys for lack of funding of camping in Spain.Evin where you are you can do better as long as you’re serious. with what you’re doing.bola na lesa go chipolopolo go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • charles emeka okwu 4 years ago

    A win or draw against zambia and we are through to the world cup. So happy our are injury free after this weekend’s games. The likes of moses,ighalo and mikel will be too hot for the zambians to handle. My prediction ; nigeria 3 vs zambia 0

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    The Zambian government is much wiser than the FA, and didn’t see any reason to waste money before the defeat in Uyo

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 4 years ago

    My brother, dreams are always opposite,what you experienced is the figment of your imagination. I will suggest that you go back to sleep again!! Nigeria 4 vs Zambia 0