Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard has angrily blamed the ministry of sport for poorly managing the travel arrangements for players to Sudan where they were pounded 2 – 0.
Renard says the arrangements were not done professionally as players flew direct from South Africa to Sudan a few hours before kick-off.
Renard complained on arrival in Ndola that ‘we are not serious, we are not professional’.
He said he hated ‘to work like this’. He said people (ministry) must say if they are not ready to work with professionals like him.
A day before the game in Sudan, the Watchdog wrote the follwing article:
National Soccer Team in travel chaos
Travel arrangements for the Zambia National Soccer team to Sudan may affect the team’s performance in Khartoum ahead of this Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.
The Watchdog understands that barely a few hours before the scheduled departure, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and the Zambian government yet to decide the travel formula for the African football champions currently camped in South Africa.
The poor travel arrangements are believed to have angered coach Herve Renard because FAZ and the PF government are yet to decide whether the team will travel using a chartered or a commercial flight to the war torn Sudan.
Travelling by a cumbersome commercial flight will mean the team arriving in the early hours on Friday, a few hours before kick-off.
This means the Chipolopolo boys will be jet lagged and will have no time to acclimatize and train in the stadium to be used.