Zambia became one of the first teams to join hosts Ivory Coast in next year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) when they beat Angola 2-1 on Saturday at the Konkola Stadium in a return leg clash.
Zambia thus qualified for the inaugural tournament for African players featuring in their domestic leagues on a 3-1 aggregate after they won the first leg 1-0 in Angola.
Match hero in Luanda, Given Singuluma, again opened the scoring for the home team after 30 minutes before Angola drew level from the penalty spot through their striker Love on the dot of half-time.
Midfielder William Njobvu grabbed the winner in the dying minutes of the encounter.
At the ripe old age of 33, defender Elijah Tana was outstanding – particularly in the second half when the Angolans piled on the pressure.
Zambia coach Herve Renard said he was satisfied with the outcome of the game.
“I’m not in Zambia to enjoy [how the team plays]. I’m here to win and this afternoon we won and I am happy. And most Zambians think it’s the best team in Africa, we are not…we have to work hard to win,” said the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, government has withdrawn the offer to host the 2011 All Africa Games. Chief Government spokesperson, who is also Information and Broadcasting services Minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha, said the decision to withdraw the offer has been made to save money towards enhancing food security in the wake of the current global economic crisis.
Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said government decided to channel resources towards the provision of essential services to cushion the impact of the rising food prices in Zambia and the rest of the world.
Gen. Shikapwasha said the escalating food prices, declining commodity prices which have affected copper earnings and the decline in government revenue, which are due to the global financial crisis, have forced the Zambian government to forgo the hosting of the games.
Gen. Shikapwasha announced the decision at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
The minister, however, noted that government has re-prioritized it spending plans for the 2009 to 2011 Medium Expenditure Framework to concentrate on a few important programs.
He stressed that government has decided to shift about K800 billion to identified priority areas, which include food production, hospitals, schools, water and sanitation and roads.
He noted that government will continue to finance the construction of hostels at all the universities and colleges that were to have been used by participants as the contracts have already been entered into and infrastructure would benefit the institutions.
Samm Audu, Goal.com