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Chipolopolo eye outside camp

By MICHAEL MIYOBA

FOOTBALL Association of Zambia President Andrew Kamanga says the Chipolopolo technical bench has presented options for an international camp that will see the team prepare for the delayed 2023 Africa Cup of Nations slated for next month in Ivory Coast in an environment devoid of distractions.

Kamanga said the Chipolopolo’s preparations are underway with the technical bench presenting a roadmap leading up to the tournament and engagements with government on the preparations for the tournament have been progressive.

He said FAZ has duly submitted the budget in line with the Memorandum of Understanding with the two parties. 

“There is no substitute for success than good preparations. We will do our part on the administrative part and ensure that the players and technical staff do their part,” Kamanga said.

And Kamanga has tasked the Copper Queens to gift the Copperbelt fans and everyone else a scintillating performance as they host Angola in the final leg of the final 2023 WAFCON qualifying round today.

Kamanga said a victory will not just be a gift to the fans but also a good start to preparations for the tournament in Morocco. 

He appealed to fans to troop to Levy Mwanawasa Stadium and give the Copper Queens a traditional rousing Kopala welcome.

Meanwhile Kamanga said there is need to invest in the empowerment of the grassroots to achieve real decentralisation. 

After interacting with the Lusaka Province administrators hosting a governance workshop, Kamanga said; “There are few things as fulfilling as interacting with the grassroots who are the real drivers of the football agenda.”

“There is no real decentralisation without investing in the empowerment of the grassroots. With what we saw in Lusaka and other provinces across our country it is heartening to see decentralisation taking root,” he said.

Kamanga said decentralisation will not be a success overnight but with continuous investment and empowerment, a model case for other associations to learn from will be developed.

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