Zambia could camp in southern Europe as part of their build-up to their 2010 Group C qualifier against Algeria to be played on September 5 in Algiers.
Sports permanent secretary Susan Sikaneta said today, Wednesday that her ministry’s national team fundraising committee had preferred Zambia camped in neighboring Morocco but would respect coach Herve Renards’ wishes.
“The coach said he wanted to camp the team in the southern France or southern Italy where the conditions are similar to Algeria,” Sikaneta said when her ministry received a US$ 10,000.00 cheque for Zambia’s camping from Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday.
She said Renard had said France would be more ideal for him since it was easier for him to access training facilities in his homeland.
Renard has preferred to hold private training camps abroad in particular South Africa to avoid what he termed as any distractions for his players and to get access to better facilities.
And they is also speculation that the team has an option of holding a training camp in Holland before facing Algeria while the German government has officially offered to camp the two for two weeks in August.
However, the government believes that Morocco would have made an ideal locale to hold a training camp as it is just next door to Algeria and in the same region.
Meanwhile Sports minister Kenneth Chipungu added that his ministry would not interfere with Renards choice of training camp for the game against Algeria.
“We don’t want to interfere with what the coach say but Morocco is closer and has similar weather,” Chipungu said.
Algeria beat Zambia 2-0 last Saturday to maintain top spot in group C and are on 7 and 4 points in 1st and 2nd positions respectively.