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Chipolopolo crank up rankings

SINKALA

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO & ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA have made a remarkable improvement on the FIFA Coca-Cola World rankings, rising to 10th in Africa and 46th in the world.
And Switzerland-based midfielder Nathan Sinkala says injured defender Nyambe Mulenga’s humour will be missed at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
According to the latest rankings released by FIFA yesterday, the Chipolopolo moved 16 rungs to climb back into the top 10 in Africa.
Chipolopolo were ranked 15th in Africa and 62nd in the world last month.
The massive leap by the Chipolopolo will be boost morale of the team ahead of the AfCON finals.
Algeria have maintained top position in Africa and Zambia’s Group B opponents Tunisia are second while Ivory Coast are perched third on the continent.
Zambia’s opponents Cape Verde and Democratic Republic of Congo are rated seventh and 13th in Africa, respectively.
And Sinkala has called on his colleagues to continue praying for the recovery of the three players who were involved in a road accident on Sunday.
Speaking after visiting the three players admitted to Lusaka Trust Hospital and the University Teaching Hospital, Sinkala said the AfCON will not be the same without Nyambe.
“Of course we will miss him very much, not that others can’t play on his position but his sense of humour is irreplaceable, but it is important that we remain prayerful for the speedy recovery of our colleagues in hospital and all those that were involved in the accident. It is very sad,” he said.
Mulenga, goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa and under-17 midfielder Changwe Kalale were involved in a road traffic accident that claimed four lives on the Great North Road near Kabwe on Sunday.
Sinkala also said the Equatorial Guinea outing will be difficult and the team will dedicate the tournament to Nyambe.
“We can’t promise him that we will win the trophy but we will work hard. I know he would have loved to be in Equatorial Guinea and the best we can do is to ensure we have a good outing,” he said.


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