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Chipolopolo’s global rating drops

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CHIPOLOPOLO have dropped three places on the latest FIFA World ranking, moving from 81st to 84th in the World.

Every month, world football governing body FIFA publishes an updated ranking taking into account FIFA-recognised games that have been played during the course of the previous month.

Zambia’s loss to lowly rated Niger last month could have been the reason the team has dropped three places on the world ladder.

Last month, Zambia beat Congo Brazzaville 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium before going on to lose 2-1 to Niger.

The team has also dropped on the African continent, moving from 17th to 18th while Morocco has maintained its place at the top.

Meanwhile, 2022 FIFA World Cup winners Argentina who have topped the global list since April have maintained their place at the summit.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)

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‘God is not from your family,’ Fashion Sakala tells critic fan

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“GOD does not come from your family” was Chipolopolo striker Fashion Sakala’s response to a fan who advised the player to return the Zambian Super League following a recent drop in form.

Sakala is living his dream in the Saudi Pro League, rubbing shoulders with his idol Cristiano Ronaldo and more importantly, earning some good money.

However, there are some fans who believe the player has dropped in form as observed at the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) in Ivory Coast where he had little or no impact in the Chipolopolo team.

On a recent post, a Netizen identify as Benjamin Hazard Lungowe shared some sharp comments that did not sit down well with Sakala.

“U failed to dribble any human being at AfCON…just come back to Zambian Premier league names don’t play football,” Lungowe stated.

However Sakala was not going to let this comment slide, rather he reminded Benjamin that God is not from the Lungowe family.

“You pray for me to come back but I believe one thing and it’s is true, God is not from your family,” Sakala said, “Just pray for us and wish us bad, we might be your bosses tomorrow at work.”

Sakala also wished Benjamin some luck.

“I hope and wish that you become more successful and look after your families nicely, when your families appreciate you and say they pray for you to be come successfully so that you continue to take care of them. You will understand and appreciate hard work,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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‘Betani reported for camp unwell,’ FAZ regrets footballer’s demise 

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FOOTBALL House has clarified that late Copper Queens striker Norin Betani reported for camp unwell before she was taken the United Teaching Hospital (UTH).

Betani was part of the provision squad called by Bruce Mwape to prepare for the Olympic Games qualifier match against Ghana that is set for Accra on Friday.

However, this morning filtered through that the goal poacher has died.

In a statement, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has stated that it is saddened by Betani’s demise.

FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga said the player reported to camp whilst unwell and was taken to the hospital for thorough examination on recommendation by team medics.

“We regret to announce the death of one of our female players Norin Betani who was in the provisional squad for the Ghana match. Betani was taken to the nearest hospital to the team camp which is Kanyama Level One hospital and FAZ engaged the family at every stage.

“The patient was referred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Monday and was under medical care until her demise. FAZ secretariat staff, family members and her club (Indeni Roses) worked closely during the player’s hospitalization.”

Kamanga said details of the funeral will be shared in due course.

“For now we urge everyone in the football family to mourn the deceased with dignity and respect the full privacy that medical situations sometimes demand,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st February, 2024)

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Copper Queens striker, Betani dies

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FOOTBALL fans and players are mourning the tragic loss of Copper Queens striker Norin Betani who has died a week after being diagnosed with malaria.

Betani who, until her death played for Women Super League side Indeni Roses was part of the Copper Queens team that was preparing for the Olympic Games qualifiers against Ghana.

Although the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and her club are yet to issue statements, it has been revealed that the player got sick while in camp before her addmission to hospital.

“Death awe sure why so soon super champion Nomzy Betani Chafina Saana,” Zanaco women’s midfielder Mubanga Mubanga posted on her wall.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st February, 2024)

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