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After the recent defeat to Sudan the question arises: what did Chipolopolo do wrong? The situation isn’t new to the Zambian fans, as two years ago the team was bombed out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage. Despite a promising start, they ended up with nothing.

This was a difficult path for Zambians this time. Chipolopolo had to break through a lot of obstacles on the way to the finals without his key players responsible for good performance in the Africa and World Cup qualifiers. Consequently, according to the sports betting website, the match with Sudan ended with 0-1 score.

Zambia chose to use the same old Zonal Marking system against Sudan, as they did in general match progression. It’s obvious, that Chipolopolo didn’t have much alternative. However, the tactics he decided to use was already well-known to their opponents. The players lacked creativity in ball carrying. Sudan was waiting to be pushed back and split. However, Zambians were unable to break through the crowded center of the field and to bury the ball in the net. Sudan’s defense could be broken by increasing the ball circulation speed and forcing the opponent to run around the field into running around. The assists were erratic and exposed the lack of variety in Wada’s tactics.

Right from the kickoff of the match, it became obvious, that the tricks which worked throughout the tournament and helped the squad to get this far, are not working anymore. Considered this, the situation might have turned around in favor of Zambians in the very first half of the match. The team’s obvious inflexibility on the field raises a question of whether Wada Wada is the right man to train the national team.

Despite the bitter the quarter-final loss, Chipolopolo’s players proved to be good enough to take Zambia this far. However, inefficiency of their general strategy as well as tactical mishaps  became the main reason for this unfortunate loss. More information on team’s games scores is available at Stakers.com

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28 COMMENTS

  1. I think guys need to be serious with what they are doing.as well as players need to be determined in what they want.that is their career.
    THE SPIRIT OF POOR FINISHING IS BAD.

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    • Kondwani should always play as center back. He is the only consistent player. He is the key to the team, he should even be the camptain if he speak good English.

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  2. That unforgiving, stubborn and pompous for nothing coach called WADA must GO!!!
    How do you leave good material behind and expect to perform exceptionally well? All the time you are the one picking lessons and eye opening. Current FAZ administration downfall starts right here. Hear what majority Zambian soccer fans(Tax payers) are saying about this coach.

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  3. Against Namibia he could have rested those players that required fresh rebuilding in the likes of Silwimba (yellow card), Mbewe (pace) and Mtonga (old age) just to mention a few. Secondly, the whole team we don’t do well at ball possession very shambolic, players need to develop much confidence on the ball, no need to be unnecessarily rash, for what! Both Sudan and Namibia played decently like a European team because of ball possession aided with dribbling skills except they were goal shy most of the times.

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  4. What did they do wrong? Simple, remember that the coach had targeted the quarter finals? What does that mean? It means his brains are limited to the quarter finals stage, after that he’s got no idea on what to do next.

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  5. Most of the bloggers appear to have been born yesterday.Even other former Zambian coaches like Kalushya Bwalya,Fred Mwila,Phiri,Ndlovu have failed to take the senior national team passed the quarter final stage of any tournament.
    So its nothing strange to Zambia and don’t blame Nyirenda.

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    • Which tournaments are you talking about? Both Colonel Banda and Zoom won the old East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup.

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  6. Dont blame Nyirenda blame the defender John Mungani who slipped infront of the Sudanese stricker while the goal keeper Nsabata watched expecting him to defend and clear the ball. Soccer fans woundered whether mwali amatipa mu ground??and like a the comentator said it seems he had a night mare in that game for he nearly scored a own goal.
    Get him to watch a video of former Nkana players who played number (2) before. E.G players like Kalusa Nicknamed Libya and Late John Soko. Those two players were exceptionary good and focus defenders.

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  7. To me as a NonZambian, Your Team does not always play to win but to impress. It is always good to play badly and win. Secondly, the Zambian coach has to cool down and stop boasting. He boasts too much. If he is boasting this way, what would achievers like Kalusha do? He cae to Nigeria and his boast was ‘i am here to disgrace Nigeria’. How could you disgrace a power house of world football. Thirdly, Zambians are over dependent on small boys of under 20 who still have a lot to learn. for instance Nigeria had gotten to the final of fifa under 20 twice (the same one Zambia got to the 1/4 finals) but we didnt promote aall our boys to the senior eagles. same when we won olympic gold(1996), silver(2000) and bronze(2008).You dont throw away your experienced players & expect to do well. Zambia…

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  8. How about exchanging Wada with HH? HH can become Chipolopolo coach and Wada leads UPND. Lungu should then arrest Wada for refusing to give way to Presidential motorcade and all our problems will be solved

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    • What a fantastic solution! Since UPND is always a losing party Wedson would be its perfect alternative leader

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  9. Klauz is spot on. I predicted Sudan 2 Zambia 1. For one simple reason. WADA has no plan B. Its long balls with eyes closed!!!

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  10. @ No.9 Iam sure you are an IBO NIGERIAN MAN, IBO people are kind and speak truth to friends or enemies. THE NIGERIAN BROTHER IS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, don’t leave experienced players like Chris katongo Felix GatussoMbesuma Noah chivuta, Dennis Lota , Stone Nyirenda, Johnstone Bwalya, Robert watiyakeni etc the young boys need to mature before getting a senior team call up. WADA is too light he easily falls down by a slight blow of wind as in NDOLA STADIUM ZAMBIA VS KAMELUNI

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  11. Nyirenda left a lot of good players in the league among those he picked it was only Toaster,Fackson Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo, Dinoshano Malama’,Augustine Mulenga and Enerst Mbewe qualifed to be in the national team.If he had issues with Fwayo Tembo and Cletus Chama then he should have considered Taonga Bwembya in place Silwimba,Spencer Sauti for creativity in the midfield,Mwila Phiri on the left wing, Chitiya Mususu,Youremember Banda, Mwila Nsofwa,Shadrick Musonda,Jacob Ngulube,Boyd M’kadawire etc.

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  12. Fire the coach …there is no reason for not doing it….we cannot all be coaches but we expect people we choose to eat our tax payers money to represent our views …fire the chap …they sold that game ..they depleted the team deliberately after receiving money….which coach can play mwengani in a crucial game ??? Which coach cannot reserve a key player on a yellow card ? Which caoch can change a coordinated central defence in a crucial game ? Fire the chap fire the chap …they sold the game

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  13. People it was clear the match was fixed and whatever they played was fake. Coach has to be fired

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  14. football is not for the mathematically minded people. all things equal Zambia was the most feared team. things beyond my comprehension happened. Weaker team , probably because it was riding on its past was technically elevated and reached the final. Surely, could Zambia have lost the final by that margin.
    leave you to ponder through.
    it is for this reason that I’m not a fan of soccer. its about power , money and broadcasting rights.

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