Ex-Zambia captain Christopher Katongo says the game against Algeria was too big for some Chipolopolo players.

African champions Algeria humbled Zambia 5-0 away in their opening 2021 AFCON Group H qualifier in Blida on Thursday night.

‘Everybody is not happy over what happened. It is football but I have always said there should be a transition of players. Don’t leave out the senior players. I am always saying leave the senior players to guide the other players,’ Katongo said in a video posted on his Facebook page on Friday.

‘That game was so big for some other players. We have very good players but are not yet ready to tackle those huge games. So we need senior players to be there. I am going to repeat again, we need very good transition of taking out players, transition from one player to the other,’ the 2012 Africa Cup winning captain said.

Zambia missed out on qualifying for the last two AFCONS.

‘There should be a good transition. From 2012, 2013 there has never been a good transition when it comes to players. Whichever coach come, takes out senior players and start rebuilding. So Zambia is rebuilding and rebuilding,’ Katongo said.

Zambia’s second Group H qualifier is against Zimbabwe on November 19 in Lusaka.

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  1. Katongo is saying the coach is an amateur. Any mature coach would have observed transition strategy cos teams don’t change at the flick of a switch. And FAZ should have known this.

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    • Christopher Katongo is correct, the team needs more of the senior players some of whom have once probably even played with those same players who beat us. Furthermore, my observation was that our players lacked fitness such that they could not stand the prowess of the desert foxes. Thirdly, the football administration as a whole is missing somewhere in Zambia. Everything has just become a “to whom it may concern”. No, no, I think FAZ should be overhauled or else football in Zambia is pushed back to dark ege.

      Paul Simbeye

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    • Not only Zed.. even some European countries have been butched 6-0 ..7-0 that is what football is all about.

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    • Gay Jay thought only HH should be captain for Zambia to win! He hated Kalusha and campaign against Renard not because Renard was a bad coach but because Kalu was not Tonga! HAZLAUA HAGAIN! Okay, let us remove KAMANGA. He is a disgrace like HAGAIN.

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  2. Arrogant unqualified amateur coach in Chisanga. But alas it Zambia were we accept substandard as normal. Good luck

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  3. Oh now soccer fans are agreeing with me that the problem is the coach and not Kamanga? There you hear it.

    “Don’t leave out the senior players. I am always saying leave the senior players to guide the other players,’ Katongo said in a video posted on his Facebook page on Friday.

    Now nomba ba u/23? Awe mwandi.Ndeloleshafye.

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  4. IS MR. CHRIS KATONGO INSINUATING THAT HE SHOULD STILL BE IN THE NATIONAL TEAM. I WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO NEVER SAW WHAT CHRIS KATONGO WAS CONTRIBUTING IN THE NATIONAL TEAM, APART FROM HARD RUNNING, WRONG PASSES AND FI BUNDU! HES NOT A TALENTED SOCCER PLAYER AND SHOULD THANK THE HEAVENS THAT HE WAS PART OF THE TEAM THAT LIFTED THE COVETED AFRICA CUP IN 2012! AND CAPTAIN FOR THAT MATTER! ITS NOT STRANGE THAT ZAMBIA LOST TO THE BEST TEAM IN AFRICA BY SUCH A LARGE MARGIN! AND ITS NOT BECAUSE THERE WERE NO “EXPERIENCED” PLAYERS IN THE TEAM AS MR. KATONGO SEEMS TO BE INSINUATING! THE SAME YOUNG PLAYERS MR. KATONGO IS TRYING TO BLAME ARE THE ONES WHO BEAT ALGERIA BOTH IN ZAMBIA AND ALGERIA JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO! THE GAME AGAINST ALGERIA WAS A VERY DIFFICULT GAME AND THE COACHING STAFF NEEDED TO…

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  5. FAZ need a complete overhaul….there are so many good Zambian coaches out there but the appointing authority, FAZ has to put its house in order FIRST….! to have a solid national team.
    It happened to Nigeria not very long ago. They went back to the drawing board and are back again performing well at all levels, wins don’t happen by accident, it calls for hard work and discipline. Zambia lacks that. Kalu should be made President again. He has the respect of international football. People should just swallow their pride if ONLY.

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