Ghana Fans attack Chipolopolo Boys as GFA watches

Striker James Chamanga being checked by Dr Kabungo after he was attacked by Ghana fans in the car park

Striker James Chamanga being checked by Dr Kabungo after he was attacked by Ghana fans in the car park

Caption: Striker James Chamanga being checked by Dr. Kabungo after he was attacked by Ghana fans in the car park

By Chimuka Moono Hanyama

It was all known. All the signs were there, and now the Chipolopolo has met the wrath of Ghana fans in full view of the Ghana Football Association.

Upon arrival, the team was not allowed to enter the stadium to do some training session, a situation which prompted them to begin doing the sensation on the car park concrete.

After seeing this, the Ghana fans came down on the Chipolopolo boys thereby hitting James Chamanga with an object on his face! The FAZ officials thought they were going to receive help from the present Ghana Football Association (GFA) but to their surprise the officials just looked on.

FAZ spokesperson, Erick Mwanza described the situation as a shame to the football fraternity. He felt that such behavior belonged to the Stone Age era, which even had rules as well!

The Chipolopolo had cancelled their flight to Ghana on Wednesday when at the last minute, they learnt that the airport at Kumasi was undergoing rehabilitation and was smaller to accommodate a bigger airplane. The team was told to land in Accra and proceed to Kumasi on Road, a situation which angered soccer lovers and brought blame on the FAZ  officials.

 

Chipolopolo work-out on the car park with Ghanaian fans booing them in the back ground

Chipolopolo work-out on the car park with Ghanaian fans booing them in the back ground. Pictures Courtesy of Zambian Football

Caption: Chipolopolo work-out on the car park with Ghanaian fans booing them in the back ground. Pictures Courtesy of Zambian Football

Indeed this is a sad development for the African soccer. One wonders how such a match can go ahead with all this reported hostility from Ghana. Other quarters of the soccer lovers feel this situation would have been avoided had Zambia won the weak Lesotho at their home and in Lusaka.

Anyway, all is not lost. Part of coaching involves training the players on the psychological aspect of the game. Zambian Coach Herve Renard obviously is not caught off-guard.  It’s clear, the team maybe headed for worse treatment tomorrow.

The best is to choose how to respond: to concentrate on the game, or listen to threats which will definitely come. It’s a choice.