Reclusive Chipolopolo emerge to deliver in must-win date

The Zambia National Soccer team
The Zambia National Soccer team

The Zambia National Soccer team
The Zambia National Soccer team

After a one week blackout, Chipolopolo emerge from behind closed doors to face Mozambique on Sunday in a must-win 2019 AFCON Group K qualifier in Maputo.

Sven Vandenbroeck has kept a media iron curtain and took his team to Johannesburg for behind closed doors training camp from Monday until they flew into Maputo on Friday evening.

Sunday will tell whether Vandenbroeck’s blackout was all worthwhile as the pressure mounts on Chipolopolo to get a vital away win in this penultimate Group K that will keep them in the race.

Chipolopolo are bottom of Group K on 4 points, tied with third placed Mozambique while Namibia and Guinea Bissau had 7 points and in action by press time in action in their Group K clash today (Saturday) in Windhoek.

Defeat will end Zambia’s race and see them fail to qualify to the AFCON for a second straight season.

Moreover, the pressure is on Vandenbroeck’s side to avenge their 1-0 first leg home loss recorded under his predecessor Wedson Nyirenda in June 2017.

But the teams ray of consistency lies in striker Justin Shonga.

Shonga has three goals in the qualifiers and will surely be hoping to add to his tally for a fourth straight match but this time amounting to three points a month after Zambia’s 2-1 away loss to Guinea Bissau on October 14.


  1. “IF HAKAINDE MENTAL were the coach of Zambia, we could win at least 10 FIFA World Cup Trophies,” Larry Mental Mweetwa.

  2. @ Sharon. Are you sick? I’m not any millimeter close to HH but your infuctuation about the man is sickening, to say the least.

    • Ha you Larry Mweetwa? have you gone back to Zambia or is your twin brother? You Ha fine HaTutu! I was only talking about the other one who is MENTAL. Are you too? Some are just tribalists but not mental. Which one are you?

  3. @Sharon. The story here is about soccer. What’s your beef with HH and his tribe got to do with the story? If you love or hate the man so much may I suggest you find a more direct channel to communicate to him? We the progressive men and women are sick of your hate and childish comments.

  4. Y bring politics on such a platform? It’s wrong Sharon. Unless u didn’t mean HH the politician,then u are excused because theres no coloration

  5. Reclusive Chipolopolo has been beaten by Mozambique and failed to qualify to the AFCON for the second time in a row.Sven and the coaching bench must be the first to be fired for displaying poor tactics,poor decision making in terms of substitutions and a very timid showing by Chipololopolo.

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