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  Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon fights for the ball at the African Cup of Nations  ACCRA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — Cameroon, dubbed as The Indomitable Lions, on Saturday proved its billing and spanked Zambia 5-1 in a Group C match of the Africa Nations Cup.

    The scoring binge began in the 28th minute with Geremi Njitap’s free kick. His teammate Joseph Desire Job got another goal three minutes later as two Zambian defenders missed the ball before the net.

    The hesitation of Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made the defense more flagging in the 43rd minute. Cameroonian striker Achille Emana got the ball in his path and netted in easily.

    Cameroon’s shining star, Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o did not show his brilliant talent too much and just converted a penalty in the 66th minute.

    The last goal of Cameroon was also due to the porous defense of the Zambian side as Job just ran with the ball into the net as Zambian goalkeeper Mweene was misled by his own team’s defender to the other side of the net.

    Zambia’s Christopher Katongo fetched one goal back in the 89th minute.

    Cameroon was defeated by defending champion Egypt 4-2 last Tuesday, raising the doubt whether The Indomitable Lions fell asleep in the continental tournament.

    Cameroon’s captain Rigobert Song, however, took the result easy as he assured before the match against Zambia that his team would move into the next round of the tournament.

    “In reality, our CAN 2008 begins on Saturday against Zambia,” Song said.

Editor: Du Guodong

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KUMASI, Ghana (AFP) — Zambia scored a comfortable 3-0 win over a spirited Sudan in a Group C battle of the outsiders in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations here at the Baba Yara Stadium on Tuesday.

The Chipolopolo, as the Zambian team are known, took an early lead through a James Chamanga lob after just two minutes and added a second five minutes after the interval through the outstanding Jacob Mulenga.

Felix Katongo further punished poor defending by Sudan when he tapped home the third goal in the 59th minute after goalkeeper Abdalla Elmuez failed to hold on to a shot by Rainford Kalaba.


Zambia coach Patrick Phiri said: “It was important that we won this match but I noticed some few lapses in our defence and this we must work on before our next game against Cameroon.”

“Zambia had a good game today,” admitted Sudan coach Mohamed Abdallah. “They took their chances well. Probably if we had done same earlier in the game, we would be talking a different thing now.”

“We like to play under pressure and so expect us to play a lot better in our next game.”

A downcast Sudan striker Faisat Agab added: “We lost this game but must now look forward to our next two games and see what we can make of them.”

Zambia sit atop Group C after the 4-2 win posted by Egypt over four-time champions Cameroon earlier in the day.

After going in front, the south Africans, who were without their leading scorer Christopher Katongo through suspension, pressed on as in-form Chamanga combined well with Felix Katongo in the ninth minute only for Katongo’s shot from on top of the box to scream across the face of goal.

Badr Eldin’s scorching effort from 30 yards nearly got Sudan an equaliser after 12 minutes but it came off the woodwork with goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene well beaten.

The quick inter-change of passes and movement by the fleet-footed Zambian forwards spearheaded by the exciting Mulenga often got the Sudan back four into trouble but big defender Ritshard Jastein proved a steadying influence for this team back in the Nations Cup after a 32-year absence.

As time wore on Sudan found their bearing and began to take control of the midfield as they strung passes among themselves with great understanding. They would even have drawn level on 29 minutes but Gibril Alaedin ballooned his shot into the stands when it would have been much easier to score.

Zambia looked dangerous when they counter-attacked while the Nile Crocodiles enjoyed more of the ball but this was mostly in their own half of the pitch and so did not really trouble their opponents.

Sudanese target man Faisat Agab’s bouncing header on 48 minutes produced a finger-tip save from Mweene but Katongo responded for Zambia almost immediately as Elmuez was forced to stretch his giant frame before he could scramble the ball for a corner.

Mulenga headed home from the resultant corner for Zambia’s second goal of the night before Katongo added a third with a cool tap-in.

Mweene was forced to produce an unusual punch-out of Jasteine’s 66th minute powerful freekick as Sudan continued to mount pressure for a consolation goal but again and again they did not have the ammunition to get on the score board.

Mulenga was denied a second goal by Elmuez who dived full length to parry for a corner the lively Zambian striker’s goal-bound header in the 84th minute.

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South Africa’s 2010 ambassador, Kalusha Bwalya has declared his candidature for the Football Association of Zambia presidency.

Kalusha, who last year lost the bid to become COSAFA president, hopes to cap his illustrious football career with the highest office in national football administration.

Kalusha, who is currently the FAZ vice-president, is the country’s most successful footballer and holds many posts both at continental and global level and, now believes time has come for him to add more value to Zambian football.


At a media briefing at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel yesterday, Kalusha who is Fifa’s stadiums’ safety sub-committee vice-chairman and a member of the technical committee, said time had come for him to make FAZ a financially-viable association.Kalusha reflected with regret his four years as FAZ vice-president, saying people’s views were suppressed while some people had become more important than the association.

He said there was need to change the approach and be more tolerant and inclusive.

“The sport is too big for the few to administer,” Kalusha said.

His four years in office was climaxed by a stand-off with FAZ president Teddy Mulonga.

The former Zambia captain and coach, said he had a strong conviction that FAZ was capable of sustaining itself through maximising on its marketing potential to develop the game and rehabilitate former footballers who are now languishing.

He noted with regret that while he had earned his livelihood all his life, some players he shared glory with have been floundering and can barely survive.

“It makes me sad to see to see former national team players cast aside when their playing days come to an end and sacked every so often when they try to earn a livelihood as coaches,” Kalusha said.

While keeping his broader vision close to his chest, Kalusha said he would ensure returned players are trained in either business enterprises or form a trust fund to assist them.

“These people brought joy and glory to a lot of hearts, some long gone but yet we are the first to laugh in their hour of need,” Kalusha said.

Kalusha has played professional football in all continents bar Australia, with his peak being at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a team he joined after leaving his first station in Europe – Cercle Brugge of Belgium which he joined at the end of 1985 when he left Mufulira Wanderers.

His football skills also took him to Mexican giants Nexaca, Correcaminos and Vera Cruz when he made an impact with his wizardly left foot.


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The Chipolopolo have summoned three players from their standby list as they prepare for the African Cup of Nations of 2008…

Zambia’s head coach Patrick Phiri has listed three stand-by players for the Zambian team ahead the Ghana 2008 African Nations Cup, and has opted to call each of them up for the pre-tournament training camp.

The Zambians are presently involved in serious preparation towards the forthcoming tournament, and as such the coach has decided to invite striker Fwayo Tembo, Defender Hichani Himoonde and goalkeeper Charles Chileshe to train with the squad.

Phiri said he decided to call up Charles Chileshe because at present he has only one goalkeeper, Mike Poto, at present, making practice difficult.

Phiri called up three goalkeepers in his provisional list, but two are based in South Africa and as such are still deeply involved in the ongoing Premier League there.

The goalkeepers are Kennedy Mweene and Kalililo Kakonje, and both are expected to join up with the team before the end of this year.

“We need to train with two goalkeepers, that is why we have brought him (Charles Chileshe) into the team,” clarified the boss.

He also said striker Tembo would arrive from Tunisia where he is reportedly sealing up a deal with African Club Champions Etoile du Sahel. The other standby player, Himoonde, has already joined the team and is helping out with training.


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By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Image of the proposed stadium in Ndola

Teams might train in the stadium ahead of the 2010 World Cup

The Zambian and Chinese governments have signed an agreement for the construction of a 40,000-seater stadium in northern Zambia.

The signing ceremony follows a visit by a Chinese delegation to carry out feasibility studies at the construction site.

Delegation leader Zhang Zijun and Bizwayo Nkunika, the permanent secretary in Zambia’s ministry of works and supply, signed on behalf of the two governments.

The stadium, which will be constructed in Ndola in the Copperbelt province, will cost an estimated $70 million.

Sports minister Gabriel Namulambe said the country’s biggest-ever arena will be ready before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“The signing ceremony marks the beginning of the construction works,” he announced at the signing ceremony in Lusaka.

“This country will benefit from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup if the stadium is completed.

“I am calling upon the private sector to come on board because we need a five-star hotel next to the stadium.”

Chinese ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin assured that the construction of the stadium would be completed before 2010.

But the signing ceremony will do little to cushion the nation’s current stadium crisis.

Zambia may play home matches away

Fifa has declared the Independence Stadium in Lusaka unfit to host matches, and Zambia may have to play their 2010 World Cup home qualifiers outside the country.

A parliamentary committee has also recommended the razing down of the stadium.

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Ian Porterfield, Soccer Player, Is Dead at 61

Published: September 15, 2007

LONDON, Sept. 14 (AP) — Ian Porterfield, who scored the winning goal in one of the greatest upsets in England’s F.A. Cup and coached several national teams around the world, died Tuesday. He was 61.

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The cause was intestinal cancer. Porterfield died at a hospice in Surrey, England, his family and the Armenian soccer federation said. Porterfield, a native of Dunfermline, Scotland , had been Armenia’s coach for the last two years.

Porterfield, a midfielder, is best remembered for the goal he scored for second-division Sunderland in the 1973 Football Association Cup final at Wembley Stadium. His right-footed volley (he was primarily left-footed) in the 31st minute led to a stunning 1-0 victory against the first-division powerhouse Leeds United.

Porterfield later coached several English clubs, including Chelsea and Sheffield United, before coaching outside Britain. He coached the national teams of Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Busan club team in South Korea.

He became Armenia’s coach in 2006. Last month, the Armenian team battled to a surprising 1-1 tie against favored Portugal in a qualifying match for the 2008 European Championship.

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Government salutes Chipolopolo boys

By James Muyanwa and Brenda Katongola

frontpic.jpgTHE Government has congratulated the Zambia national soccer team for qualifying to the 2008 African Cup of Nations finals after Sunday’s 3-1 win over South Africa and challenged them to bring the continental title back home following their splendid performance.

Chief Government Spokesperson, Mike Mulongoti said in Lusaka yesterday that the qualification was a surprise and a consoling victory especially coming barely three days after the burial of the late former national team player, Chaswe Nsofwa, who died in Israel last week after collapsing during a training session for his Division Two side Happoel Beersheba.

Mulongoti, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said to ensure that the Chipolopolo brought the Africa Cup to Zambia for the first time, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) should start preparations for the Ghana finals now and the Government was expecting the association to draw up a budget for the preparations which it would look at.

He pledged the Government’s continued support to the sport and called on all stakeholders to rally behind the team and support it financially and otherwise saying that the responsibility was not just for the Government alone.

When asked if the Government was considering honouring the Chipolopolo players in any way, Mulongoti said that he could not commit himself to that but that Cabinet would look into the matter.

Asked if it was necessary to engage an expatriate coach after the team qualified under the guidance of a local one, Mulongoti said that the Government would continue to listen to those who were for and those who were against the idea before declaring its stance.

And soccer fans have continued to congratulate the national team for qualifying to the 2008 Ghana MTN-sponsored Africa Cup of Nations after defeating South Africa ’s Bafana Bafana 3-1 on Sunday in Cape Town .

FAZ treasurer, Rix Mweemba hailed the team for the good result and for making it to Ghana saying, South Africa have tested the bitterness of the loss that Zambia suffered in October last year in the first leg when they beat the chipolopolo boys 1-0 at Independence stadium in Lusaka.

Just how can the North Koreans teach our U-20 Chipolopolo Boys umupila? But that’s what we are being told they br-01-2.jpgwill offer expertise in. The North Koreans are nowhere in Canada where the best of the best have just advanced to the semi-finals and they will come to Zambia to offer technical expertise in “sports” we are told. Zambia beat Uruguay by 2 to nothing having drawn with Jordan earlier.


Our lads are doing just fine and thanks for asking but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it; so do the Texans say and I don’t think we need our cheer leaders from somewhere else because our Chipolopolo fans did a fabulous job both in Vancouver and Toronto.

What we need is to shun these North Koreans at all costs and our good top diplomat Honorable Lupudo Mwape can just tell them that we ain’t looking for new friends we are doing just fine with the ones we got …

We would hate to wake up some day and the world has been embroidered in a nuclear holocaust with North Korea at the helm using Zambian uranium … thanks a trillion

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr. 

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle 

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