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Renard admits Zambia was Second Best

Time Posted: January 21, 2013 9:38 pm

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Herve Renard has conceded defeat via a draw after Ethiopia outclassed the African champions to a 1-1 draw.

“I think the fault today is the fault of the coach,” Renard said.

“Because he didn’t prepare his team well at the start of the tournament. That means the responsibility is on me.”

Zambia’s results comes on the back of a five game winless run in the buildup to the tournament that saw them collect just two draws and three defeats.

“But I am sure we will play well in the next two games and see after that,” Renard said.

Renard meanwhile refused to single out a player for being outstanding but thanked Kennedy Mweene for saving Zambia from a potentially embarrassing defeat.

“I think today we have to thank our goalkeeper because without Kennedy it would have been a very, very bad result I think today we deserve what we got,” Renard said.

118 Comments

  1. vote
    flag Fumbi says: Fumbi
    January 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm |

    Very confident coach. He always own up. Way to go. Its not easy but zambia are the champs, so we expect more

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      flag Nationalist says: Nationalist
      January 22, 2013 at 7:51 am |

      Funmbi, well spocken!

    2. vote
      flag food says: food
      January 22, 2013 at 9:25 am |

      HH himonde hichaani said the first garm will not
      be easy. Lets waite for nigeria befor we conclud bazaambia hope is there win the last two CHISAMBA lUNGU is not a defender the coach has tryed this boy three times in defence and he has allowed three goes its not working.

    3. vote
      flag Gazi says: Gazi
      January 22, 2013 at 9:35 am |

      The PF govt has failed us again in 90mins

    4. vote
      flag Jinko says: Jinko
      January 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

      Food, dont blame Chisamba for that goal, his performance outweighed the mistakes he made. For me he was zambia’s best player secondedby Chansa….

  2. vote
    flag futureZed says: futureZed
    January 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm |

    Ethiopia are a good team and I can see them give Nigeria or Bukina faso problems. We need to rediscover our form and beat Nigeria on Friday to stand any chances of defending the title. It’s only the first game and the other two teams look as though they play the type of game we like.

    Let’s take the life line and make the best of it!! Chipolopolo iyeeee, Chipololopolo!

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    1. vote
      flag Dojo Do says: Dojo Do
      January 22, 2013 at 5:51 am |

      The coach should be bold enough to make substitutes…Mukuka Mulenga created an energy that saw us push for a goal, Chris was too selfish, got tired in the second half and should have been pulled off long before the last six minutes, Lungu playing defence just doesn’t work-as much as he had a great game he was caught off the ball in a run that eventually led to Ethiopia scoring…finally Kalaba too should have been substituted-he played way below par and my dear boy became a liability to the squad…Nigeria is beatable, in God I trust!

  3. vote
    flag sana says: sana
    January 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm |

    Nigeria and Nurkina faso draw 1-1, Yaguwa!

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  4. vote
    flag Lon says: Lon
    January 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm |

    Renard, are you the one who opened the dressing room door to that evil man?

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    1. vote
      flag mike says: mike
      January 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm |

      which evil man?

    2. vote
      flag The-Socialist says: The-Socialist
      January 22, 2013 at 12:18 am |

      its sata iwe

    3. vote
      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      January 22, 2013 at 1:53 am |

      Do you as well believe that Sata is the one to blame? It was simply an forgivable taboo for Sata to visit the team, thank God he left to feed his dog he renamed Kabimba.
      And what Bamuka Yama was doing, she shouldn’t do that ever again.

    4. vote
      flag BULLDOGS says: BULLDOGS
      January 22, 2013 at 7:37 am |

      LON. i think you are the evil person and NOT president Sata . Zambia was beaten by a small teams during preparation matches including the underdogs like Tanzania what evil has Sata brought to the team ?Think like a normal person football is football and politics are politics leave them somewhere .

    5. vote
      flag ek says: ek
      January 22, 2013 at 7:49 am |

      WALITUPA SANA WEMWANA WACHILA KUTI ULE EBA BA KATEKA FYABUPUBA

    6. vote
      flag Kolwe Mwanakolwe says: Kolwe Mwanakolwe
      January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am |

      HH is stingy and evil

    7. vote
      flag Katendi Nkombo says: Katendi Nkombo
      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

      ehe,Sata is evil.He gave the boys bad luck and back home he is busy giving my husband’s party,UPND, a hard time….arresting HH all the time! You will see when UPND wins in 2016,just hope you do not die before then! After all I will be second lady,garry,vice president!Ok now,enjoying as acting director at Human rights,will make sure all employees here are UPND..those who refuse…fired!!! ha ha ha ha! power is sweet!

  5. vote
    flag Casanova says: Casanova
    January 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm |

    CNP should not have realigned Chipolopolo!

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  6. vote
    flag Truth hates says: Truth hates
    January 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm |

    Please coach tell your boys to aggresively attack. Not the boringly lazy game they played against Ethiopia. We have been telling you to tell your lads to be fast but you don’t listen why? Let them attack not always playing in their own area. What kind of a coach are you who does not listen? Atese bane.

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    1. vote
      flag YIDNU says: YIDNU
      January 22, 2013 at 8:21 am |

      I didn’t see when they play football!!! what are you talking you loser Zambian.why don’t you admit what Ethiopian did?
      We show you what foot ball look like. Getting trophy is one thing playing foot ball like Ethiopia and Barcelona is Love. Tell your boys to give prior to love football not money.
      Shut your loser mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. vote
    flag ndobo says: ndobo
    January 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm |

    ATASE! you deserve to be shot you, chi renard!,

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      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      January 22, 2013 at 1:56 am |

      Why not to bewitch him by Kabimba, and not in your evil ways of all other methids.

  8. vote
    flag Zambian says: Zambian
    January 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |

    Guys chill. This is the same coach we had when we won last year. I think our team lacks players with big character and skill. Kalaba is not fit, Katongo totally useless and Joseph Musonda a headless chicken. But let’s hope for the best on Friday.

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    1. vote
      flag Douglas Hampande says: Douglas Hampande
      January 22, 2013 at 6:27 am |

      I thought Joseph Musonda played well and was surprised he was removed. But I agree with you that the team lacks character…. we are more on one-touch football but no drive, no hunger to win. And the agony is character and the desire or passion to achieve cannot be taught to players – it’s either they have it or they don’t. Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Obama, Kenneth Kaunda and Mandela have something about their characters that makes/made them defeat enemies. Our players also have very low ambitions and may be even self-esteem. Hope they do better against Nigeria and Bukina Faso.

    2. vote
      flag Mukokotasono says: Mukokotasono
      January 22, 2013 at 10:49 am |

      Its not yet over, the group has no team that is very good we are all average!

  9. vote
    flag vimbwi says: vimbwi
    January 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm |

    Bonetti was the coach, all rest was just an accident!

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    1. vote
      flag Summer says: Summer
      January 22, 2013 at 9:29 am |

      What did he do, I’ve forgotten everything about Bonetti apart from the fact that he was coaching Zambia from Italy.

    2. vote
      flag The Monitor says: The Monitor
      January 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

      Vimbwi you are a joke. thank GOD you are no where near the team.

  10. vote
    flag chinyama says: chinyama
    January 22, 2013 at 12:40 am |

    its not a good result we have change strategy immediately.

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  11. vote
    flag Momboshi says: Momboshi
    January 22, 2013 at 12:53 am |

    Courage boys and avoid the cards, you received too much yelllow cards sign of being underpressure. Second point is be accurate in your passes and tribbling going backwards stop. However you still have a chance. God bless you and guide you as you are playing football. Viva chipolopolo!

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  12. vote
    flag Shaka says: Shaka
    January 22, 2013 at 12:56 am |

    The result is an early wake up call to remind the players that there will be no easy games. As a matter of fact, being the reigning champion means that we are the team that everyone would want to beat. It is too early to judge but Zambia is like my team Arsenal i.e. “They do not deliver when you expect them to do so”.

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  13. vote
    flag Top Cat says: Top Cat
    January 22, 2013 at 1:33 am |

    imwe how old is Christopher Katongo is he 28 years old or 34 years old?

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    1. vote
      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      January 22, 2013 at 1:58 am |

      Do you think raising the age of Katongo will increase the scores?

    2. vote
      flag Iris Kaingu says: Iris Kaingu
      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 am |

      The problem i see him with is height especially if you look at a lot of Western African teams, they are very tall players.

    3. vote
      flag Top Cat says: Top Cat
      January 22, 2013 at 3:45 am |

      Problem with cheating your age is that modern football is very physical; you can cheat on paper but you can’t cheat your body. Only Roger Miller managed it at aged 50 but on paper claimed to be aged 42

  14. vote
    flag jelitta says: jelitta
    January 22, 2013 at 2:00 am |

    The Team is just useless including that coach.How do you draw with an inexperinced Ethiopia who was 1 man down even how???

    The coach should have started the following players;
    Mayuka
    Mukuka Mulenga
    Felix Katongo
    Jacob Mulenga
    He should have benched;
    Christopher Warrant Katongo
    and i dont know other names

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    1. vote
      flag zedson says: zedson
      January 22, 2013 at 9:11 am |

      Jelita, do you think Jacob really deserves a place in the team with that kind of performace? He was a liability in the team when he came in as a substitute. Renard should not give him another chance

  15. vote
    flag Gumu Gumu says: Gumu Gumu
    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 am |

    Zambia should stop playing names anymore.i wonder what the coach was doing in training. Kalaba was a shadow of himself, Chris katongo was a passenger in the entire game, Hichani himonde lacked confidence, hence the pressure on Stopilla. Jacob Mulenga was too selfish.hats off to Mweene (as usual), nathan Sinkala, Chansa, stopilla,

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  16. vote
    flag Iris Kaingu says: Iris Kaingu
    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 am |

    First game and with strong Ethiopians, i expected it to go that way.

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  17. vote
    flag Roué says: Roué
    January 22, 2013 at 5:37 am |

    M.C Sata’s Voice
    1.You the so called Zambian guys instead of watchng the game you are busy admiring Ethiopian Hot gals…
    2. I have not blood Lost the game, u the so called Ref busy giving fake, fake yellow card!
    3. Instead of using a plane wen coming back, the players shall just walk! they’r busy wasting tax payers money!!!!
    4. Am Hunting for the Ref, he has run away….
    5. And the CAF comes to me, u think am in Zimbabwe.
    6. How can simple Ethopians have 100,000 supporters, these are inflated figures…
    YOU THE SO CALLED REPORTERS…. ASK THEM!!

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    1. vote
      flag Kabimba Maboza says: Kabimba Maboza
      January 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm |

      Hilarious!

    2. vote
      flag Nabilungu muka kateule kateke says: Nabilungu muka kateule kateke
      January 23, 2013 at 8:40 am |

      Yes, mwandepula imbafu!

  18. vote
    flag Zebb Mpinganjira says: Zebb Mpinganjira
    January 22, 2013 at 6:05 am |

    The Burkinabes have given us a reprieve by holding Nigeria scoring an equaliser in the 94th minute. What that does is press a re-set button in group C to default. All groups level at 1 point each. But that has also sent warning shots that no team in thes group will take it lying down, they all be competitive and play their game.

    Renahrd should be courageous, rest Chrios Katongo and start with Jacob Mulenga along side King David Collins Mbesuma in attack. Chris was not only selfish as usual but he was also non-existence to support the midfield.

    In the midfield, Rainfold Kalaba needs to pick pace quickly, otherwise give the chance to fearles and creative Mukuka Mulenga to start. Our left back has always been work in progress!!

    We have to beat Nigeria on Friday or at least avoid…

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    1. vote
      flag red shoe says: red shoe
      January 22, 2013 at 8:17 am |

      well spoken or is it writen!

    2. vote
      flag Jinko says: Jinko
      January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

      Zebb u r spot on. That’s the way to go…..

    3. vote
      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm |

      Your Jacob Mulenga is the one who missed a header, with just a GK (a substitute) to beat. What is more, his shots at the goal were inaccurate and weak.

  19. vote
    flag Watch Real Madrid Last game says: Watch Real Madrid Last game
    January 22, 2013 at 6:31 am |

    Where were the flanking bursts of runs toward goal in anticipation of a long pass? Three attackers just making bursts (at high speed) of runs toward goal at same time thereby confusing their opponents. Didn’t the boys watch the last game of Real Madrid?

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  20. vote
    flag Coyote says: Coyote
    January 22, 2013 at 6:33 am |

    Face the facts. Chipolopolo looked lazy and undisciplined. To have thrown away a match in which they were a man up and a goal up against a reserve keeper?? Here’s hoping they come out determined to play in the future. No god is going to organize their midfield for them.

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  21. vote
    flag Katongo says: Katongo
    January 22, 2013 at 6:43 am |

    Chisamba Lungu was my man of the match. Chris Katongo was selfish as we created chances which if he had passed the result would have been different. The defence was pretty shaky and needs to be worked on. Mbesuma was sharp, Kalaba was not himself. I also give credit to Ethiopia as they are no pushovers and could be a surprise package

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    1. vote
      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

      Excellent observations. Why don’t we have people like you in the couching team?

  22. vote
    flag yonas says: yonas
    January 22, 2013 at 6:52 am |

    as ethiopian i am happy we won, but i thought the Zambia should and could have won the game.
    Zambia players are taller and stronger they should have taken advantage of that with deep passes on corner kick and setpieces
    but Go Team Ethiopia, Go Lions , Go Walyas
    hook em .

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    1. vote
      flag Summer says: Summer
      January 22, 2013 at 9:35 am |

      In Ethiopia a draw is a win?

  23. vote
    flag fiji says: fiji
    January 22, 2013 at 7:24 am |

    No. 1 Dojo Do, ur my man i had the eaxct words, i have been saying it on this media that Chris is becoming selfish and he wasted a clear chance and clear pass. the way ethiopia scored we could have scored in a smilar situation had the man not been selfish. This a thought for coach othjerwise the captain costed us the game & will continue like that becoz he is becoming more and more selfish. There was no team work, they guy want to shine when he has niom skill. Foolish captain & coach for keeping him long in the game, i dont think he even deserves first place in the team.
    African football is now for the youths, katongo, felix, chamanga and joseph should rest, we need freshh blood-singuluma, fwayo, kola etc. Jacob & mayuka dont be a shame show us why you are in europe.

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  24. vote
    flag CAF-U says: CAF-U
    January 22, 2013 at 7:42 am |

    We were very careless with the ball especially Katongo and Kalaba.Mr Renard pls here is Zambia’s first eleven to play against Nigeria : 1.Mweene 2.Musonda 3. Mbola 4.Himonde 5. Sunzu. 6. Sinkala 7.J.Mulenga 8.M.Mulenga 9. Mbesuma 10.Mayuka 11.C.Lungu. This is Zambia X1. GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

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    1. vote
      flag Jinko says: Jinko
      January 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

      I see 3 strikers in your line-up….remove 1 striker and replace him with Chansa. We dont need to have Jacob, Mbesuma and Mayuka at the same time coz that ‘ll leave wit Chamanga( ikula ) on the bench…

  25. vote
    flag ek says: ek
    January 22, 2013 at 7:43 am |

    DON’T INSULT SATA MWEMBWAMWA TAMWASUMA ATI MWALILUSA BA OPPOSITION.AKUNWENIFWYE AMESHI PA BENCH NA 2016 MUKALUSA NAKAMBI

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  26. vote
    flag fiji says: fiji
    January 22, 2013 at 7:44 am |

    meant no. 2. Otherwise there is No team spirit , selfish players,jacob Mulenga no value,chris-selfish, kalaba-not fit and could not run, sinkala- could not do his usual defences, hichani-nervous, left wing was no where. we were one man up but were still under pressure, surely ba coach whats the problem. i thot after the red card and mbesuma’s goal as well as being champoins all that remained was to accumulate more goal aggregates.
    useless, we need to be serious, why were we under presure foir nothing, are we not prepared pycologically, dont we have pycologists, or are we still in the 2012 that we will win.
    Next team coach take notice;
    1. Mweene, 2. Nkausu. 3.Mbola. 4. Hichani. 5.Sunzu.6 Sinkala 7. Chisamba. 8. Mukuka Mulenga 9.Mbesuma 10. Mayuka. 11. Kalaba. thats my winning team

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  27. vote
    flag moono says: moono
    January 22, 2013 at 7:58 am |

    zambia is going no where ,players like jacob who falling to hold the ball, basics of football ball control. I do not know where you are getting the confidence that you can beat the Might Eagles. last year win was a fluke, see zambia exiting at the first round

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    1. vote
      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm |

      Might Eagles are super chickens. No chiken-feed on Friday; just bullets!!!

  28. vote
    flag YIDNU says: YIDNU
    January 22, 2013 at 8:07 am |

    Still you Zambian comment senseless why don’t you admit what Ethiopian did?
    We show you what foot ball look like. Getting trophy is one thing playing foot ball like Ethiopia and Barcelona is Love. Give prior to love football not money.
    Shut your loser mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. vote
      flag joachrome says: joachrome
      January 22, 2013 at 8:52 am |

      yOU *****, WHAT ARE U DOING ON OUR SITE. REFUGEES MY FOOT!

    2. vote
      flag Blue Blood says: Blue Blood
      January 22, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      You are right Ethiopia were a better team. The players played as a team, they were determined, they were fast and they were tactically better. The opposite is true of yesterday’s Zambian team. It is very doubtful that Zambia will reach the quarter finals.

    3. vote
      flag muhinda says: muhinda
      January 22, 2013 at 10:39 am |

      aaah ethiopian @ YIDNU u r right, but tell me why trying for 30 yrs before finally coming to the Afcon if Ethiopia is sooo good. Ethiopia draw was just a fluk. Lets see the next 2 matches what happens.
      The big mistake Zambia made was not to try shooting at the ethiopian goalie who was such a big suspect in the second half…first matches at any tournament are very difficult, lets give zambia a chance in the next match.

    4. vote
      flag Mila says: Mila
      January 22, 2013 at 10:43 am |

      Ethiopian players are so thin and unfit, is ethiopia still not producing enough food? Is that the reason why so many are refugees in South Africa?

    5. vote
      flag YIDNU says: YIDNU
      January 22, 2013 at 11:01 am |

      Ok let say we are thin. You know what you have big muscles but little mind that we see!!!

    6. vote
      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm |

      You played well; but you won’t get the afcon cup until 50+ years from now. Long wait, isn’t?

  29. vote
    flag Moscoww(OP) says: Moscoww(OP)
    January 22, 2013 at 8:08 am |

    That was really pathetic perfomance by Chipolopolo boys.I don’t knw why Rena keeps katongo and chansa in the team.Katongo is so selfish.We would have won that game if Katongop was not selfish.Let him be on the bench.Please Rena if u listern keep katongo on bench.The man wants to be a hero even when he is in bad position to score.Chansa passes were also useless.please drop Chansa,Katongo Jacob.Hachani Himonde also lack forcus.He is panincking too much.It terrible that we don’t have a defender to play dat number.My line up for da next game:
    1. Mweene, 2. Nkausu. 3.Mbola. 4. Hichani. 5.Sunzu.6 Sinkala 7. Chisamba. 8. Mukuka Mulenga 9.Mbesuma 10. Mayuka. 11. Kalaba.

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      flag Muhinda says: Muhinda
      January 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm |

      First matches are generally difficult especially if u are under pressure to prove a point as Chipolopolo are…most teams need the first match to settle down; Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa etc.. all had their difficulties in the first match, but unfortunately theres only 3 match and u cannot give too much chance to your so-called unfavoured opponents.

  30. vote
    flag Moscoww(OP) says: Moscoww(OP)
    January 22, 2013 at 8:11 am |

    That was really pathetic perfomance by Chipolopolo boys.I don’t knw why Rena keeps katongo and chansa in the team.Katongo is so selfish.We would have won that game if Katongop was not selfish.Let him be on the bench.Please Rena if u listern keep katongo on bench.The man wants to be a hero even when he is in bad position to score.Chansa passes were bad .please drop Chansa,Katongo Jacob.Hachani Himonde also lack forcus.He is panincking too much.It terrible that we don’t have a defender to play dat number.My line up for da next game:
    1. Mweene, 2. Nkausu. 3.Mbola. 4. Hichani. 5.Sunzu.6 Sinkala 7. Chisamba. 8. Mukuka Mulenga 9.Mbesuma 10. Mayuka. 11. Kalaba.

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  31. vote
    flag Moscoww(OP) says: Moscoww(OP)
    January 22, 2013 at 8:12 am |

    1. Mweene, 2. Nkausu. 3.Mbola. 4. Hichani. 5.Sunzu.6 Sinkala 7. Chisamba. 8. Mukuka Mulenga 9.Mbesuma 10. Mayuka. 11. Kalaba.

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  32. vote
    flag [email protected] says: mwa@hotmail.com
    January 22, 2013 at 8:15 am |

    Ladies love him for looks, i love him for his professional appraoch and his character. Long live coach!

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm |

      “Ladies love him for looks” REALLY? Where did you get the stats from? Most likely, it is a statistically insignificant number who see him in that way. Please get me right, I have nothing against him, though. If anything, I WANT HIM TO SUCCESSEEEEEEED in football couching. Love? I am not lady, so I have a different perspective altogether.

  33. vote
    flag Moscoww(OP) says: Moscoww(OP)
    January 22, 2013 at 8:16 am |

    Next game line up 1. Mweene, 2. Nkausu. 3.Mbola. 4. Hichani. 5.Sunzu.6 Sinkala 7. Chisamba. 8. Mukuka Mulenga 9.Mbesuma 10. Mayuka. 11. Kalaba.Please drop Katongo and Chansa.

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      flag Kalampa says: Kalampa
      January 22, 2013 at 11:27 am |

      Moscoww(OP)!!!!! If you watched that game carefully, you cannot say Chansa should be dropped. The goal that Mbesuma scored, Chansa created that chance. The through ball to Chisamba Lungu that made the Ethiopian keeper commit a foul, was also from Chansa. I cannot help it but think that Chansa played very well.

  34. vote
    flag Mwanamfumu says: Mwanamfumu
    January 22, 2013 at 8:33 am |

    Katongo is very selfish!! Very indispline officer! We would have won the game hard not been for his selfishness. Ma rubish,naiwe ka rena you should be quick in making changes. Nigeria wafwa come Friday.

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  35. vote
    flag Wantanshi says: Wantanshi
    January 22, 2013 at 8:54 am |

    Lets also admit that Ethiopia played like brute beasts, they were rough and scared our boys. I knew something was amiss when after scoring the lone goal Chipolopolo started praying to their various pagan gods instead of doing the Donchi kubeba song and dance! Lets not lose hope, the boys are still the best on the continent and I firmly believe they will produce a shocker with the super eagles on Friday. But they should start aggressively pushing for a goal from the get go. Remember every jim and jack of this Afcon is after our trophy, so defend it!

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm |

      You are right, but that is not an excuse for Zedian sloppy play. We all saw it: it was a lazy and sloppy game.

  36. vote
    flag kabova says: kabova
    January 22, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    we can go far if the coach realised that chris katongo is very greed, no more a team player.

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  37. vote
    flag Shi Musonda Incito iyo! says: Shi Musonda Incito iyo!
    January 22, 2013 at 9:05 am |

    I am sorry to say that if we play like that in our next two games then we will be on our way back home. Their was no ambition, no passion, and we were outplayed in all departments. Surely, Renard is right when he says he did not prepare this team well to defend our title. It is always typical of people who achieve something and think that they are the best. Renard should have known that Zambia is a team to beat at the AFCON. Every team wants to prove a point when they play us.

    It is typical of us Zambians to relax when we touch the fringes of success! We need to increase our hunger in the next two games. We won’t accept to come out in the group stages. Come on guys show the world you are champs! Where is all that laziness come from? Switch on lads!

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    1. vote
      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm |

      “Where is all that laziness come from?” May be King Cobra bit them!

  38. vote
    flag Nene Msiza says: Nene Msiza
    January 22, 2013 at 9:22 am |

    Either Chipolopolo or Super Eagles are going home.

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      flag Blue Blood says: Blue Blood
      January 22, 2013 at 10:25 am |

      Or both.

    2. vote
      flag The Monitor says: The Monitor
      January 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm |

      Or none

  39. vote
    flag EX ZIT says: EX ZIT
    January 22, 2013 at 9:26 am |

    Ethiopia played well, lets give credit where it is due. I agree with some comments, lets start with Mbesuma and Mayuka upfront then Kalaba, Nathan, Chisamba and Mukuka should be in mid field. The back four can remain as it was, but let Chris, Jacob and Chansa start on the bench. After the AFCON the coach should scout for players to replace Muzo, Mbola, Nkausu and HH. I dont think thez are the best defenders we have in Zambia, that Katebe and Salulani boys should seriously be considered for national duty… I rest my case

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  40. vote
    flag dido says: dido
    January 22, 2013 at 9:32 am |

    the boys were disappointed with us the supporters. Lets not blame their perfomance they need our support. This friday lts go nd support them. SA is like next door guys.

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    flag buruchaga says: buruchaga
    January 22, 2013 at 9:40 am |

    Please ba Coach drop Katongo and make Mweene Captain of the team against Nigeria. My winning team:
    1.Mweene 2.Musonda 3. Mbola 4.Himonde 5. Sunzu. 6. Sinkala 7. Isaac Chansa 8.M.Mulenga 9. Mbesuma 10.Mayuka 11.C.Lungu.

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    flag welday says: welday
    January 22, 2013 at 9:48 am |

    As Ethiopia I am happy I know zambia are strong team but ethiopian are very strong ZAMBIA are not use the chance of the red card they are not aware to change the game even after red card even ethiopian are not use the penality generaly they are all styrong team …………..

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    flag Chipego says: Chipego
    January 22, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    I Think its good that our coach has seen himself as a mistake maker.We hope that hes going to correct that mistake.We still have the chance.Lets continue giving our support to our guys i hope will do better in the next game against Nigeria.It will be our day.Go Chipolopolo Go we are behind you.We are returning our trophy no what.

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      flag Zambian says: Zambian
      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm |

      I think the strategy was okay, the guys did not just take the chances they created , katongo and Jacob were also a bit selffish trying to score instead of letting someone in a good position shoot a goal, its not that Ethopia out played us or we were constantly under presure from them , in fact it was the other way round

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    flag MOCH says: MOCH
    January 22, 2013 at 10:22 am |

    THE COACH HAS GOOD PLAYERS BUT WHAT HE DID WAS FINISH ENOUGH HOW CAN YOU CHANGE AN ATTACKING PLAN TO 343 THATS TO FINISH EVEN A MAD PERSON CAN’T DO THAT

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    flag jelitta says: jelitta
    January 22, 2013 at 11:16 am |

    #31 i agree with you

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    flag limo limo says: limo limo
    January 22, 2013 at 11:17 am |

    Jacob selfish & needs to gel with a strike partner like Mbesuma/Mayuka; C.Katongo very selfish, lost & uncoordinated with the rest of the team-e.g the header he sent over Collins was going to blast it home; Kalaba not fit & off key; Nathan looked lost/stray; HH pressurized Stopi, looked lost & panicky. Generally we’re lacking a striking partnership- think of Mbesuma geling bwino na Jacob/Mayuka. Mukuka should be given more game time i like his incisive movements-the boy is great.

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    flag jelitta says: jelitta
    January 22, 2013 at 11:22 am |

    Hahha now people Mbesuma.Hypocrits.
    Anyway,he worked hard and he has shed alot of Kilos

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    flag Tim says: Tim
    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    The coach is doing well but come on, you boys, do well and never be afraid to any team. I know the spirits of those dead Zambians team helped them win at Gabon and then they rested in peace with rejoice. Here’s in SA, I don’t think they need to came over to help them so please do your bests to win against Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Go Chipo!

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    flag KA GELO says: KA GELO
    January 22, 2013 at 11:24 am |

    Guys, guys, guys, bikeni bola panshi, shani ukulandalanda, we are still in contention at AFCON. Go and support them in numbers, akaso ba Zambia. Nigerians travelled by road for four days. Imwe one day but just complaining. Tondolo musuma bane. Do you guys realise that playing football is not like drinking beer at a club/bar where you go and cheer Zambia? Leave the coach alone for now because he conceded defeat. He will do better in the next two matches. For now, bola panshi, that is football for you. Naine nemwanakashi nakwatapo amano.

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    flag Sure? says: Sure?
    January 22, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    Most of you guys are negative for nothing. Ethiopia simply played one of the best games so far and they could have beaten any other opponent. Congrats to Chipolopolo for not being beaten otherwise we met stronger opposition. It was not about Zambia being poor but about opposition being too good, surprised the entire world. Ethiopia is now the strongest team in the group and to get a draw against them is positive.

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm |

      That is an Ethiopian view; I do not subscribe to it. Zambian play was just too poor on that day. I hope it was just poor on that day only, or else they will be out shortly.

      Good show for Ethiopia, though; and best wishes, too! But tell you GK not to hack another player in a similar fashion he did against Zed. It is not war. I know 100, 000 dollars is lot of money, but have regard for other human beings.

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    flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
    January 22, 2013 at 11:50 am |

    Don’t we have any other player who is good at taking free-kicks? What happened to Sinkala exchanging these free kicks with both Kalaba and Mbesuma? Is Kalaba really 100% fit after his prolonged injury? I doubt. For this reason I’d not recommend for him to play 90minutes.

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm |

      Many people have noticed that. The couch is blind, however.

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    flag Mike wabwino says: Mike wabwino
    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm |

    Bonnetti should be credited for the Africa Cup win last year not Renard. This guy only coached the winning team for less than a month or so. It takes time to come up with a good team. The ongoing Afcon in South Africa will be real test for Renard. We will judge his performance on basis of this team’s performance because he has been with the boys long enough.

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    flag THE PRINCE says: THE PRINCE
    January 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm |

    Good game Chipolopolo though we did not show that aggressiveness as Champions. There was no sense of hunger for more Goals. Let this be a lesson. We had 2 clear goals which if well-coordinated would have just led us to victory. NIGERIA Played Rubbish just running around like chickens with no heads.

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    flag chitapi-meno-ngwe-mutu says: chitapi-meno-ngwe-mutu
    January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

    GUYS! GUYS! GUYS! GUYS! – It was only the first game. Give our coach and our beloved players a chance – even though I strongly believe the coach is a fake and was just lucky last time to take over from Boneti who actually built the team. This is not the time to fight each other when we still have a long way to go. Let’s do the reflection and fight over our performance after the tournament and IF we fail to retain the cup. For now, each and every patriotic Zambia must support our team and coach. Hold your guns!!

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm |

      This ‘patriotic’ thing is merely political word to put off others who see things differently. Get rid of it in sport. The so-called patriotic people are, in most cases, unpatriotic. We see that in Zedian politics.

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    flag Chalo Bantu says: Chalo Bantu
    January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

    Gazi
    Lon
    The Socialist
    Nostradamus
    Casanova
    You guys are really cursed and you will never stop suffering till you eat your own feases six fit under ground

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    flag chilufya chinfulunganya says: chilufya chinfulunganya
    January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

    Renard en his big ego.y substitute a defender en put on a striker

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      flag Lionel Messi says: Lionel Messi
      January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm |

      Why not? Zambia was playing with an extra man.

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      flag Jay Jay says: Jay Jay
      January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

      With that floppy defence of ours are you serious? Had the Ethiopians made that sub earlier they would have won the game and easily would have had Sunzu sent off; if they had a game plan!

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    flag Zambian says: Zambian
    January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

    Ethopia is the toughest team in that group, and we have gone past them, watching the Nigeria game, gave me confidence that you will top the group, probabily Ethopia will be in second place.For Me chris was selfish trying to score on his own,so was Jacob its like they were trying to prove a point ad that did not help, Kalaba has not rediscoverd his form but created a few good passes, mukuka helped out to beef up kalaba, Chisamba is a good player how is useful in almost all departments but sometimes his dribling is not neccesary “trynig to shine” and then the mistakes he makes usually cost us, Mbesuma is the man, i think chris and Jacob were trying to prove a point againt Mbesuma’s goal which is not good. Joseph Musonda was good even on the attack, while Nkasu and Sinkala had a quiet…

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm |

      Good observations. Hope the couch reads this.

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    flag CNP-4U says: CNP-4U
    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    well said Renard..you chose the team……..

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    flag Lionel Messi says: Lionel Messi
    January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

    Main problem was the full backs. They thought they were Roberto Carlos. Whenever they pushed forward, they were caught napping at the back (too much space). With Nigeria’s speed, it will be a disaster with that kind of defending. They need to play the more traditional full back role (abondon the wingback role); that way they won’t expose the central defenders. Please start Mayuka to partner with Mbesuma and Mukuka in place of Chansa.

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      flag INE ULUSE says: INE ULUSE
      January 23, 2013 at 2:06 am |

      All these people thinking Chansa was not supposed to start should watch the game once more. Chansa created all chances those selfish strikers wasted. Had all those chances realised into goals Chansa would have been a hero.

      Yes, Mukuka Mulenga is our hope. Chisamba Lungu unnecessary dribling and most Zambians view this as playing well, very wrong. Kalaba was a shadow of himself. Nkausu was too slow and failing to move forward. Musonda and Sunzu were the only active players at the back.

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    flag president says: president
    January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm |

    Brave words from Herve. We will wire out nigeria. Zambia 3 vs Nigeria 1

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      flag Constitution says: Constitution
      January 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

      Wait, until results come in. Not after that sloppy play.

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    flag Jay Jay says: Jay Jay
    January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    This is hilarious Zambian fans remind of those lazy pupils who try to cram the whole physics textbook 30 minutes from a final exam. Now you see the importance of preparations and the FIFA Ranking Table in fact from that display yesterday the table seem to favour us.
    I can not say much now as I know even the big boys panick in the first game of the tournament its how the pick themselves up and regroup in the second game that is paramount.

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    flag Derigo says: Derigo
    January 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm |

    Defense leaking all night, midfield too causal you take out Musonda for another striker, what the hell are you thinking coach? Should have taken out Chris Katongo for another striker. Holding on to the ball for too long… Share the ball ba captain, you should know better.

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    flag Constitution says: Constitution
    January 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm |

    ‘Second best’ is an understatement. Just say: “poor, sloppy…”

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    flag CoolZ says: CoolZ
    January 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm |

    ZAMBIA 11 can’t defend AFCON!
    Its sounds patroitic to support your own national soccer team even when logic suggests to do is a plain case of leap of faith. Zambia national soccer team is incapable of defending the AFCON ichikombe,of course they won during last contest for the same. This time around some team thirstier and hungrier for AFCON than Zambia will get it. We don’t have the drive to overhelm the other teams.
    This is my opinion,and I believe you have yours. I can’t be wrong with my take on Zambian soccer team. I wish GRZ woud dedicate more funding to sports that have produced remarkably before – remember Lottie ‘Gunduzani’ Mwale,Satwant,Matete etc.

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    flag chimuchimu says: chimuchimu
    January 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

    We started on the bad note but believe you me people, this is a good start it will make the boys open up there eyes nd stay force thy wil come with the cup.Bakukombone bakamba GO ZAMBIA GO

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