A host of national team players still believe the team has all what it takes to upset the tables in Kumasi tomorrow when Zambia take on Ghana in a final Group D Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier.
According to Zambianfootball.co.zm sources from inside Chipolopolo Boys camp in Lusaka, the Chris Katongo captained side have put the issue on the side.
“Surprisingly, we haven’t had any sulking from the players or the technical bench,” a ZamFoot Crew insider revealed on Thursday morning ahead of the team’s departure for Ghana.
“It has been a tensed 24 hours especially from the FAZ Executive Members and Secretariat officials. But to our surprise, the players have been encouraging one another.
Zambia’s chartered plane for Friday’s World Cup qualifier game cannot land at Kumasi airport because it cannot take any plane bigger that a 45-sitter ATR 42
turboprop due to construction works currently taking place at the airfield.
Sources on the ground in Accra say they could not also fly to Kumasi on an evening flight because the airport is closed for night landings at 17:00 due to works at the air field.
“That airport cannot take a Boeing 737. The biggest plane it can handle for now is an ATR 42. Plus there are not night flights due to works at the airport,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s charter to Ghana was scuttled just 48 hours before their 2014 World Cup showdown against the Black Stars.
However, officials said the Wednesday’s flight has been shelved primarily after authorities failed to get clearance from DR Congo to refuel in Kinshasa en route to Ghana.
The team has been marooned at KK international airport since mid morning after arriving in Lusaka late on Tuesday evening after another day-long delay in Johannesburg after another departure fiasco.
That development has seen the team miss two valuable days of training ahead of Friday’s must-win clash.