Kalu ‘overrules’ Kambwili on bidding for Afcon 2017

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Kalusha Bwalya says Zambia will not bid to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations contrary to what Chishimba Kambwili said.
But minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili says Zambia will consider bidding for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after the country’s failure to secure the 2019 edition.
Asked if Government will consider a joint bid with Zimbabwe for the 2017 edition, Kambwili said Zambia will go it alone.
“We have the infrastructure and everything. There is no reason we should go into a joint bid with Zimbabwe,” he said.
But Kalusha Bwaya said on Monday that Zambia would not bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia wanted to stage the 2019 tournament, but lost out to Cameroon at the weekend.
Strife-torn Libya recently withdrew as 2017 hosts and a September 30 deadline has been set for applications to replace the North African country.
But Bwalya said Zambia would not be among the bidders.
“That is something we cannot do,” the national football association president told reporters.
Association secretary general George Kasengele said Zambia would stage the 2017 African youth championship.
“Hosting the Cup of Nations is something we cannot contemplate because our resources will be used to stage the youth championship.”
Zambia were awarded the 1988 Cup of Nations only to withdraw for financial reasons and be replaced by Morocco.

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