By MICHAEL MIYOBA
ZAMBIA national soccer team captain Kabaso Chongo has asked the national team technical bench led by Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic to give reasons why he was sent away from camp.
On Saturday, FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala announced the dismissal of Chongo from the national team.
“FAZ wishes to inform the football family that Chipolopolo skipper Kabaso Chongo has been excused from the ongoing international friendly matches for technical reasons,” said Kashala in a statement issued by FAZ Communications Manager Sydney Mungala.
However, Chongo, who captained the Chipolopolo as they recorded a 2-1 defeat to Kenya on Friday said he doesn’t know why he was sent away from the team.
Chongo heard the news of his dismissal from the team via Facebook before he was told at the airport in Kenya that he wouldn’t be with the team in South Africa.
Asked what he had done, Chongo said; “I didn’t do anything wrong in camp as many of you expected and thought it was. I have no issues with the coach.
“On the day we were supposed to travel to South Africa at the airport the head coach just called me and
told me that you are dropped from the national team and I was surprised and shocked,” said the central defender who plays for Congolese giants TP Mazembe.
“When I asked what I did no clear response was given to me. All I received was best wishes in my career.”
Meanwhile, “Micho” has maintained that he still has a good relationship with the Chipolopolo captain despite having chased him from the team which faced South Africa yesterday. “
“For your own information I have a perfect relationship with all Zambian players including Kabaso.
Anyhow, I have never expected to receive roses from humans as I try to turn Chipolopolo to have the right football and human chemistry,” “Micho” told Zambiansoccernet.com. “Micho” who earlier warned that only players that are ready to sweat for the Chipolopolo shirt would
be called up for the AFCON qualifiers against Botswana next month urged foreign-based players to rise to the occasion when playing for the Chipolopolo.
“I would like to say if players come from professional (foreign land) they need to make a significant differ- ence in comparison with the local players that are visibly hungry, motivated and thirsty to give the best to the nation,” said the coach after Zambia lost 2-1 to Kenya.
By MICHAEL MIYOBA