The Zambia Voluntary Soccer Fans Association (ZAVOSOFA) has condemned Chipolopolo boys coach Herve Renard for banning national team midfielder Clifford Mulenga to play for Zambia. ZAVOSOFA Patron Peter Makembo said the decision by Renard was very unfair saying there proper channels for any coach to discipline his players.
ZANIS sports report Makembo saying this in an interview in Lusaka , yesterday. He said that Renard’s decision should be condemned by all soccer loving Zambians across the nation. He pointed out that what Renard needs to understand was that Mulenga has contributed to the country’s national football growth.
Makembo added that the Chipolopolo boys still need the services of Mulenga even when Renard was still trainer of Zambia. Zambia coach Herve Renard declared winger Clifford Mulenga will never play for Chipolopolo as long as he remains in charge of the 2012 African champions.
Mulenga was sent back from the Nations Cup just 24 hours after Zambia beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on January 29 to finish top of Group A to see both teams reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.
And FAZ Communication Manager, Erick Mwanza has disclosed that the FAZ executive committee will soon sit to look at cries from soccer fans to include South Africa based player, Clifford Mulenga into the team.
Renard recently vowed that as long as he remains coach of the now African champions, he will never accept to coach the South African based mid-fielder.
But the FAZ Spokesperson said the Executive Committee will look at the appeals various soccer fans have made for FAZ and Coach Renard to allow the midfielder play for the national team again.
Mwanza however stated that FAZ defends the decision taken by team coach to expel the player who was found misbehaving.
“FAZ backs Renard 100 percent for taking such a strong stance on the player. ” he said.
He explained that FAZ wants to instill discipline in the team and will not allow anyone to disturb the team.He said that discipline is important for a team especially for the new African champions.
He warned that FAZ and coaches will not compromise on discipline adding that no one single player in the team is indispensable.
Mwanza charged that Clifford who was found wanting with other players did not apologize to the coach although his colleagues asked for forgives and were taking back in the team.
He added that while Clifford may be called to the team the coach will have the final decision on who he may decide to call and use in any particular game.
Meanwhile, FAZ says it will start a countrywide tour of the Africa cup trophy starting on Saturday. And the decision has heartily been hailed by the soccer fraternity with Zambia Volunteer Soccer Fans Association (ZAVOSOFA ) saying the move is more than welcome.
Mr Mwanza disclosing the development at a media briefing yesterday. Mr Mwanza said FAZ is working with the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and the Ministry of
Information in the programme. He stated that the trophy will start with Livingstone the Tourist capital and will go in all the ten provinces.
In response, ZAVOSOFA patron Peter Makembo noted that the move was more than welcome because Zambia is not Lusaka but the entire ten provinces. He said since it is the cry of most Zambians to see the trophy with their naked eyes, the move by FAZ was commendable adding that the move has satisfied soccer fan’s demand.
” FAZ has heed to the calls from soccer fans to make the trophy to go around the country. For this I commend the footballing Association, ” he said.