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Roger Milla tips Chipolopolo

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Rubavu, Rwanda
CAMEROON legend Roger Milla has tipped Zambia to lift the African Nations Championship (CHAN) trophy.
And Milla has hailed Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya for his contribution to the development of African football.
The two-time African footballer-of-the-year, who watched Zambia battle to a scoreless draw with Mali in their last Group D match at Kigali Stadium on Wednesday, said the Chipolopolo have the mentality needed to win a big tournament.
Milla said the presence of 2012 Africa Cup stars skipper Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa has worked the magic for the Chipolopolo.
He said winning matches convincingly is a tonic for success and that is what Zambia have done to establish themselves among the favourites for the CHAN trophy.
“Zambia is among the teams I keenly follow when they are competing at the AfCON or any other tournament. I am impressed with their performance, they look solid and are playing good football.
“I know they have scored very few goals but what is important is a win and the encouraging thing is that they are not conceding goals. They are playing attractive football and for me, Zambia has the potential to reach the final. They look focused,” Milla said.
Milla was named African player-of-the-year in 1976 and1990 after starring at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where Cameroon became the first African team to reach the quarter-finals of the global event.
He commended Kalusha for his passion towards football development.
“I have known him [Kalusha] for a long time. He is a nice guy who has done a lot not only for his country [Zambia] but also for Africa. He has also achieved a lot as a player because of discipline, commitment and determination,” he said.
Kalusha, the only player from Southern Africa to have won the African-footballer-of-the-year, is a Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee member.
The Cameroonian legend said Kalusha commands a lot of respect on the continent because of what he has achieved both as a player and an administrator.




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