ITÂ ISÂ amazingÂ thatÂ after a stringÂ ofÂ poor performance inÂ three consecutiveÂ games, Chipolopolo coach Honour JanzaÂ isÂ stillÂ upbeatÂ of qualifyingÂ forÂ theÂ AfCONÂ 2015Â inÂ Morocco.
MyÂ question to him is, on what premise is your optimism based?Â I expect him as a soccer expert to analyse the permutations availableÂ 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 homeÂ gameÂ andÂ againstÂ 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,Â I do not expectÂ Mozambique and Cape Verde to lose all their three remaining games.
Given this scenario, our chances ofÂ 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 zoneÂ to qualify.
Now we have a situation where the performance of Cape Verde and Mozambique will determine our qualification.
IfÂ 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.
GoodÂ 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 theÂ 2019 AfCON will definitely spoil our jubilee celebrations.