ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
ZAMBIA will face Ethiopia in an international friendly next Saturday at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka ahead of the 2018 Kenya African Nations Championship
(CHAN) qualifier against South Africa.
And Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has called on the City of Lusaka fraternity to support developer Diego Casilli in a quest to upgrade Woodlands Stadium to international standard.
“We have a game next week on August 5 against Ethiopia. It is an international friendly match that will help us prepare for the CHAN qualifier against South Africa and the World Cup qualifiers against Algeria in September,” said Kamanga after touring Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka yes-terday.
The Chipolopolo will be away to South Africa in the CHAN second round first leg on August 12 with the return leg after a week.
“I am impressed with the stadium. The facility is very good. We are ready to bring some international matches here [Woodlands Stadium], just work on the playing turf,” Kamanga said.
He called on all City faithful to pull in one direction so that development comes to Woodlands Stadium.
“Let us support progressive ideas. Some of us used to come here some 30 years ago. This was a bad place but it now looks very good. Let us sup-port the development of the stadium and other facilities. What I have seen here is good and it must be a standard for everyone,” Kamanga said.
He also urged City ‘Yamoto’ to find a winning formula and survive relegation.
City are second from bottom on the Super Division log with 11 points.
And Cassili said the stadium is ready to host international matches.
“We are ready to host Ethiopia next Saturday and if possible please give us to host the 2017 Barclays Cup final and other international matches,” he said.
Board of trustees chairperson Christine Mulundika urged the technical bench led by Hector Chilombo to die a ‘little for the club’.
Club chairman Justin Zulu thanked Kamanga for the support.