‘A PLAYER you don’t use?’ Zambians questioned Leicester City’s wisdom in congratulating striker Patson Daka over his brace for Chipolopolo in the 4-2 win over Congo Brazzaville.
Daka had turned into a serial bench warmer at Leicester City and has only managed to play 27 minutes this season after failing to tickle the fancy of coach Enzo Maresca.
However, the talented striker has been on fire for Chipolopolo, delivering the goods every time he is called for national duty despite not getting minutes at his club.
Daka was Zambia’s leading goal scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, scoring five goals, as many behind overall top scorer Victor Osimhen of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Yesterday, the Kafue native continued with his fine national team form, scoring a goal apiece in either half to hand Zambia a 4 – 2 win at a packed Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Leicester City took to their social media to praise the player, a move that ignited sharp reactions from Zambians.
One follower, Kennedy Mbewe, posted, “A player you do not use?” while Katebe Chola Chengo was more forthright by stating “Don’t brag about Patson please, you have treated him unfairly and you want to praise him?”
Nicolas Kaliminwa urged the Leicester City coach to be serious with his life.
“We believe in our player. Your coach should be serious,” Kaliminwa said.
One user by the name of Mathews Mwila begged the club to release Daka in the upcoming transfer market rather than continue wasting his talent.
“Leicester do us a favour by releasing Patson Daka than trying to kill his talent.” Mwila wrote.
And there were polite ones like Steven Musonda who simply wrote, “Thank you Leicester City for the support.”
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 18th November, 2023)
Zambia Consolidates Top Spot At Africa Netball Cup
ZAMBIA has consolidated their place at the top of the table in the Africa Netball Cup after beating hosts Botswana 53-43 in their third game of the tournament.
The win was Zambia’s third straight victory having already seen off eSwatini and Namibia.
The team now has six points, two better than second placed Zimbabwe.
Zambia remains on course to qualify for the final play-off after the group stage is done.
The tournament is made up of six teams, playing each other in a round robin format. After the group stage, the top two teams will play in a final to determine the champions.
Zambia’s next opponent is Zimbabwe in what has been dubbed as the battle of the Zambezi.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
‘We are prepared to get three points,’ Forest coach Mwenya Chipepo eyes win against Power Dynamos
FOREST Rangers coach Mwenya Chipepo has said his side is prepared to collect three points against former employers Power Dynamos when the two teams meet at the weekend.
Chipepo who recently joined Forest from Power finds himself facing his former bosses, although it is unclear if he will sit on the bench as his clearance has not yet been issued.
Last week, Chipepo sat in the stands for what would have been his first game for Forest Rangers when they played to a 1 – all draw against Konkola Blades in Chililabomwe.
Looking to this weekend’s encounter, Chipepo has said his charges are prepared.
“We are going to play Power Dynamos,” Chipepo said, “they have good players at the moment they are playing very well but if I look at the way we have prepared here, we are prepared to get three points against Power Dynamos.”
Power and Forest are separated by six points. The Kitwe side sits sixth with 21 points.
Chipepo who guided Power to the title last season said he has a fairly good understanding of how his former side plays.
“I know the way they play, I know the type of players who are there and we have planned very well for them,” he said.
On the emotion of playing his former team, Chipepo said, “I just have to control myself they are still my family and I have come to make another family here so it is just a matter of playing a game and make ourselves happy.”
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Chipolopolo’s global rating drops
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)