Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili has warned the Zambia players they will be no excuses to lose to Ghana despite missing two days of training.
Zambia missed 48 hours of training after they were stuck in Lusaka due to a logistical problem with their charter flight to Accra before leaving for Ghana Thursday morning.
“There should be no excuse that the players lost two days of training,” Kambwili said at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
“They have training when they arrive this afternoon and will be accorded an opportunity to train on the pitch where they will play tomorrow.
“Cognizance of the fact that Zambia is not an island and we live in a global village I don’t want to apportion blame at anybody but I think by and large you the people in the media know what happened but we cannot cry over spilt milk.
“All I can say is that we had logistical problems that have since been sorted out.
“Let me also state that the high commissioner (for Ghana) here in Zambia called me this morning and apologized for all the short comings she was also claimed that they were informed at short notice to make the clearance of the Zambia national team that has been given for both Kinshansa and Accra.”
Second placed Zambia on 11 points face hosts and leaders Ghana on 12 points in a 2014 World Cup Group D qualifying decider in Kumasi on Friday.
Zambia must beat Ghana to advance to the final playoff round while a draw will suffice for the latter to book their last 10 slot.