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‘Janza best man for Chipolopolo job’

JANZA

By HONE SIAME and DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO
TURKEY-BASED striker Jacob Mulenga says coach Honour Janza is the best man for the Chipolopolo top job.
Mulenga, who has joined Turkish side Adana Demirspor on a three-year deal, said in Kitwe yesterday that it is exciting to work under a local coach.
He said the appointment of Janza is good for African football.
Mulenga said national team players will give Janza support to enable him to succeed in taking Zambian football to higher heights.
“We are behind our new coach Honour Janza. We are privileged to have such a highly qualified coach. His appointment is good for African football,” Mulenga said.
The 30-year-old said local coaches are capable of coaching African national teams.
Meanwhile, Mulenga is settling in well at Adana Demirspor.
“I decided to go for a new challenge and I chose to go to Turkey. I am settling in very well and I am happy with the support I have continued getting there,” said Mulenga, who received offers from Spain, Netherlands, United States of America, France, Cyprus and England before settling on the Turkish side.
Meanwhile, Janza has commended national team senior players for accommodating new-comers.
Janza told fazfootball.com that the new players are blending well with senior players and it is difficult to differentiate new from old players.
“The senior players have exhibited leadership and have accommodated the junior members of the family so well that the result is great unity of purpose which we so much need for the Saturday assignment against Mozambique,” he said.
Among the new players in the squad is the under-20 national team trio of Larry Bwalya, Kayawe Kapota and Patrick Ngoma.
Zambia takes on Mozambique tomorrow in the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
And soccer fans have called for an outright win over Mozambique.
Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association chairperson Yotam Mwanza said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that a win will motivate the team as they travel to Cape Verde for the second match next Wednesday.
Mwanza said Janza has a strong squad capable of producing desired results as exhibited in last Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sudan.
“If we can carry on from there, we are destined for greatness. We saw what the players are capable of doing. We are looking for a win this Saturday. The players will be motivated going into the next game against Cape Verde,” he said.
Mwanza said fans will turn out in large numbers at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to support the team.

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