Minister of Sports Elvis Nkandu is gutted by Zambia’s early exit from the ongoing 2023 Under-20 Africa Cup in Egypt.
Speaking during the ABSA Cup draws in Lusaka on Wednesday, Nkandu said the Under-20’s group elimination from the Africa Cup without winning a game was embarrassing to the nation.
He warned that the Government will not tolerate poor results from national football teams.
“Especially that there is Government support, the corporate world is also responding I don’t think we could tolerate such a display. Such a display is un-Zambian,” Nkandu said.
He said FAZ should ensure that national football teams excel to keep Zambia’s name as a footballing nation.
“So I think president Kamanga go an extra mile. We need to do more than that so that we maintain our name. So I thought I that I should mention that so that each and everyone know that we are not happy as a country,” he said.
The Junior Chipolopolo exited the Africa Cup with one point in three games following Monday night’s 2-1 loss to Tunisia.
Zambia started the Africa Cup with a 1-1 draw against Benin before losing to Gambia 2-0 in their second Group C match.
Nkandu added that Chipolopolo should reclaim its lost glory in Africa and qualify for the World Cup.