We are going to the World Cup, FAZ assures Zambians

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has assured Zambians that the national soccer team will qualify to the world cup competition next year.
FAZ General Secretary George Kansegele who described Zambia’s untimely exit at the AFCON as a minor setback said the team was in perfect shape and nothing would stop them from going to the World Cup.
Kasengele said Zambia was a strong team although it failed to meet the aspirations of the Zambian people.
Meanwhile the Zambian Government has said it will increase its support to the national soccer team to ensure better a performance in future tournaments.
Speaking at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport when she welcomed the team back home from South Africa on Thursday night, Youth and Sport Ministry Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga reiterated however reminded the players that government and soccer loving Zambians expected a much better feat from the boys.
Musunga said the early exit of Zambia from the ongoing AFCON tournament following the boys’ ‘speciality’ on draws in all three games of the group stage  was a lesson to government, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the team’s technical bench and entire soccer fraternity.
Zambia was eliminated from the tournament after a goalless draw in a must-win game with Burkina Faso, who has since progressed to the quarter finals.
Musunga was speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International airport when she led a delegation to welcome part of the Chipolopolo boys and team officials last night.
She urged the team not to lose hope but to fiercely commit to qualifying to the world cup tournament in Brazil next year.
Chipolopolo boys’ trainer Herve Renard shouldered the blame from Zambians on behalf of the national team for the ‘embarrassment’ caused by the unsatisfactory performance at the tournament.
Renard noted that Zambia made a mistake when she failed to beat Ethiopia but reiterated that the team played well despite failing to win other Group C games.
Zambia is the second reigning champions to have been eliminated from the tournament in group stages. The first was Algeria in 1992 when there were four groups of three teams each.
Zambia’s one-year reign as African football champions is the shortest in the history of the AFCON tournament after the competition was switched to odd years this year.