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Chipolopolo and their entry into Praia

From VICTOR KUMWENDA in Praia, Cape Verde
THE national soccer team arrived in Praia, Cape Verde, early yesterday after almost 24 hours of anxiety surrounding the trip.
Zambia arrived in the battle zone 13 hours before the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the host nation.
The Global Airways A320 Airbus carrying the 100-member contingent touched down at Praia’s Nelson Mandela International Airport at 05:30 hours Zambian time (02:30 hours local time).
The players, officials, fans and the media obtained visas at the airport.
Officials from the Cape Verde Football Federation and the advance party led by Football Association of Zambia vice-president Boniface Mwamelo welcomed the Zambians.
It was all plain sailing for the Zambians at the airport before the team was driven to Pestana Tropico Hotel.
The plane took off at Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 21:45 hours on Tuesday.
The team was supposed to leave on Monday but the trip could not materialise because the charter plane could not get clearance to land in Cape Verde.
The plane made one stopover in Lagos for refuelling and proceeded to the tiny West African island situated in the Atlantic Ocean.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Christopher Mulenga is leading the delegation.
The players were in a jovial mood during the eight-hour flight.

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