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Zambia FA chief Bwalya confident of retaining AFCON title

Published on: 21 December 2012

Zambia FA President Kalusha Bwalya is confident the Chipolopolo will retain their crown at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The Zambians swept three awards the GLO-CAF gala on Thursday night in Accra including National Team of the Year with Renard Herve been named as  Coach of the Year for guiding the team to clinch the continental showpiece in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.

The former African Footballer of the Year believes they have enough quality to retain their crown.

“It’s only a year. There players are there and the mentality to win has not lost on us,” Bwalya said

“We are not going to underrate any team because the likes of Cote D’voire, Nigeria and Ghana are always going to be favourites.

“But we have team and that I believe will do the trick for us again.

“We respect every team but we’re also not going to be pushovers. We’re all going there for the title.”

Zambia defied the bookmakers to clinch their first African title after beating Cote D'voire in a nail-biting penalty sh0ot-out.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • One shot says:
    December 22, 2012 04:57 am
    Zambia are GIANT KILLERS nd African fans love that!
  • u will c says:
    December 22, 2012 12:11 am
    Gee how i wish ghana was in our group.
  • Pyaaa says:
    December 22, 2012 12:16 am
    Ghana 4 now worry about Mali nd Congo ,u might not make it out of the group!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    December 21, 2012 03:53 pm
    How can you retain the AFCON title when you cant even beat average teams like Sudan, Namibia & Uganda? Your team cant even score more than a goal in games so how the hell can you retain your crown. I don't see how you can beat the likes of Naija & Burkina Faso in the group stage, your luck will run out soon.
  • Chibesa says:
    December 21, 2012 04:02 pm
    In Angola 2010 Afcon Zambia were grouped with Cameroon,Tunisia and Gabon and managed to reach the quarter finals of that tournament
  • kwame pito says:
    December 21, 2012 01:05 pm
    Kalusha you are mistaken. nobody is underrating your country now. If zambia wins this Afcon or even makes it to the finals then we will count you as a powerhouse who have come to stay. BUT IF YOU FAIL LIKE I PERSONALLY EXPECT YOU TO THEN THE LUCK THEORY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED... by the way Akwasi Appiah please start working on Blackstars first eleven team understanding.
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    December 21, 2012 12:37 pm
    Hahahahahahahh kalusha u had mad talent on da pitch but ur jokes r wae madder.u think u wil hv it cheap next yr? Quater finals is da best u can do I tel u.non of the teams wil undrrate u too so lets c how gud ur team is..
  • Kofi says:
    December 21, 2012 12:04 pm
    lets c how u qualify from ur group first b4 u strt bragging
  • obbie says:
    December 21, 2012 11:08 am
    Our FA boss the "great Kalu" has spoken. He said the same before AFCON 2012 win but many pipo did not believe him. Even now many will not believe him but the truth is Zambia is not a pushover in SA.