Letter to the Editor

Chipolopolo: Please, don’t let us down

Dear editor,
IT  IS  amazing  that  after a string  of  poor performance in  three consecutive  games, Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza  is  still  upbeat  of qualifying  for  the  AfCON  2015  in  Morocco.
My  question to him is, on what premise is your optimism based?  I expect him as a soccer expert to analyse the permutations available  for us to qualify for the AfCON 2015.
To start with, Janza should remember that we are remaining with three games, against Mozambique, which is an away game, against Cape Verde, which is a home  game  and  against  Niger, another home game.
In total this translates to nine points on the assumption that Chipolopolo win all the three games to finish with 11 points.
Cape Verde and Mozambique have six points and five points, respectively, with three games remaining as well.
Obviously,  I do not expect  Mozambique and Cape Verde to lose all their three remaining games.
Given this scenario, our chances of  qualifying have become slimmer because it will all depend on the performance of Cape Verde and Mozambique in their remaining three games.
Had we collected full points from the first three games or at least from two of the three games, we would have been in the comfort zone  to qualify.
Now we have a situation where the performance of Cape Verde and Mozambique will determine our qualification.
If  Chipolopolo fail to qualify for AfCON 2015, it will be a very big embarrassment because the qualifying group we are in is not a group of death.
Our failure to qualify will also see us drop drastically on the Coca-Cola FIFA world ranking as well as CAF Africa ranking.
Good  luck to Janza and FAZ as they help the team qualify for AfCON 2015.
Our failure to qualify and to win the bid to host the  2019 AfCON will definitely spoil our jubilee celebrations.
MWEWA, Lusaka.

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