Chisamba AFCON Debut Excites Bonetti


Ex-Zambia coach Dario Bonetti says he is excited to see Chisamba Lungu make the cut for the 2012 Africa Cup.

20 year old Chisamba will be making his Africa Cup debut at this year’s tournament to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

“I’m happy for Chisamba Lungu because  I first called him in Cecafa tournament last year when nobody know him,” Bonetti said.

Chisamba of Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast in Russia is one of five other players including midfielder Jonas Sakuwaha from El Merriekh in Sudan going to the Africa Cup for the first time.

Meanwhile, Bonetti said he was shocked to hear that TP Mazembe striker Given Singuluma and midfielder Justin Zulu of in Israel were dropped for the Africa Cup trip.

“I’m very sorry for Given and Justin,” he said.

“I think the national group will miss Singuluma and Zulu’s quality.”

Meanwhile, Zambia face Namibia on Saturday in what is expected to be Chipolopolo’s final training game before heading to Equatorial Guinea on January 18.

The match will be played at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg and kickoff will be at 16:00 hours.

All the players are certified fit with the exception of defender Joseph Musonda who is a doubt due to a hamstring problem that has dogged him for the last one week.

The injury has seen him miss Zambia’s 7-0 win over Jomo Comos last Saturday and the 1-1 draw with South Africa on Wednesday.


  1. It will be a tough game if Zambia make it to semi-final to meet the big names in Ivory coast, Ghana etc.. 1994 was best finishing second (2-1) against Nigeria… Go ZAMBIA with CONFIDENCE

  2. All the best to Our Beloved Chipolopolo boys, Gooo and grab that Cup !!!!!! go zambia go zambia goooo.  Its a gooooo Zambia 2 : 0 Senegal in the first half and Final whistle The mighty Chipolopolo 3 : Senegal 1. This is just the beginning of our journey to bring the Cup home………. Congratulations Boys!!!!!

  3. Holiday makers-We have known our lads as tourists.Only travel to fulfill fixtures not to compete to win.Do not expect much more than two draws and one loss.Mark my words.And very soon it will be going back to drawing board and I do not know how many plans we have revised maybe we are still at Rev O when our friends at 10 or so.

    • Abena Diggers Town, “ati mark my words.” Yes, we marked them, and you were way off the mark. Our lads were more than tourists this time around. Where is the trophy right now? Proudly Zambian. 

  4. The coach should not risk playing joseph musonda against senegal as he is not fit.Kennedy mweene should stop shouting at fellow players as this puts unnecessary pressure on them.Mupa is our trump card but watch out for mayuka,our next “Ucar Chitalu”.Above all i wish our team sucess.

  5. the problem is that our coach fears North African teams.he doesnt know that apart from Egypt,Algeria and Morocco we used to beat all the rest with ease.

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