SUN SPORTS writes
CLUBS to play the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Confederations Cup envoys must prepare adequately as they will compete against the best teams on the continent, Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga has said.
Thirteen-time Zambian champions Nkana and continental debutants Forest Rangers will represent the country in the CAF Champions League while Green Eagles and Napsa Stars will play in the Confederations Cup.
Kamanga said there is need for the four continental envoys to diligently prepare for their engagements because they will be flying the country’s flag.
Kamanga said a good showing by the four teams at continental level will ensure that Zambia retain its statue as a top league and move to a level where the country can have six clubs in continental championships.
He said FAZ will play its role of providing the needed support as the clubs prepare for the crucial games which feature the best teams in Africa.
“On our part, we are always available to provide support to our members. I am aware that the national team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his technical bench have offered themselves to the teams participating in continental games on an advisory capacity,” Kananga said
“Naturally we will expect the whole country to rally behind the continental envoys as they defend our country’s pride and honour.”
“Ultimately a cadre of competitive clubs in our leagues will translate into a stronger national team,” he said.
Kamanga said the association will be looking to have a strong squad selected from the local clubs to represent Zambia at the 2021 CHAN in Cameroon.
Meanwhile, Kamanga hailed Multi Choice Zambia for their continued dedication to televise the Zambian league.
He said the league enjoys massive following across the continent and has become a model with other countries following Zambia’s example in terms of management.
“Our broadcast partner SuperSport has stayed faithful to the Zambian game as we enjoy coverage whilst they have pulled out of various other countries.
“We do not take this partnership lightly as it remains one of the greatest selling points of our game,” Kamanga said.
He is hopeful that the partnership with Super Sport will continue to grow stronger.