Instead of players, Zambian football officials led by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) vice-president Borniface Mwamelo have themselves arrived in Cape Verde ahead of tomorrow’s crucial AFCON qualify against that country.
But the Chipolopolo boys were still stuck in Ndola, though the authorities in Cape Verde do not give it damn about the delays by the Zambian team as they continued intensive training at the Praia grounds, the venue for Cape Verde vs Zambia tomorrow afternoon’s game.
The FAZ vice president Mwamelo arrived yesterday and immediately proceeded to inspect hotels, the training grounds and the football pitches as if he can change anything.
Zambian government and football officials knew about this game from the time the draws were made last year, but as of this morning, the Chipolopolo’s departure was still unknown as the charter aircraft was still being awaited, according to Zambian football Kickoff.
The only word so far is from the fat Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili who has apologised for the delayed departure saying it was due to “clearance procedures” from the islands nation, as if Zambians are stupid to believe his lies on something that should have done months ago.
This excuse by Kambwili of blaming other countries is just a diplomatic blunder actually because it was the same they advanced last year during the Chipolopolo trip for a crucial game in Ghana.
Kambwili has however confirmed that the charter, whose discussions only started last week with FAZ, has been paid for and should depart by today, barely 24hours before kickoff.
Chipolopolo is expected to fly from Ndola and to Dakar in a seven-hour flight and stop for refuelling in the Senegalese capital before proceeding for another two hours to the islands of the Cape Verde.
As Chipolopolo waits for the charter, the Cape Verde authorities have advanced with preparations for tomorrow evening’s game with their Blue Sharks declaring their readiness for the crucial match which will give Group F a significant signal of who might win the pool on the road to Morocco 2015.
A Zambian Football KICKOFF correspondent reports from Praia that the more organised Blue Sharks arrived back in Praia on the evening of their 3-1 win in Niger and proceeded to commence preparations for Chipolopolo.
With this chaos, it is now clear the Zambian players will jump from the plane and start lining up for the match without any form of training, unless they keep frog-jumping in the aircraft itself.