Poor planning: Zambian soccer team tour of India hangs in balance

PANAJI: African Cup of Nations champions Zambia’s proposed tour to Goa later this month is hanging by a thread after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said they are yet to hear from the visitors.

Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources — who have a major stake in Sesa Goa — are sponsoring the team’s visit to Goa, but with the African champions yet to obtain permission from the AIFF, the tour looks unlikely to go ahead later this month.

“There is no direct communication from Zambia with the AIFF. I am yet to hear anything from them. Zambia must write to us officially, we then have to seek permission from the ministry of sports since a foreign team is involved. As of now, there is no progress,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told Times of India on Tuesday.

Zambia had trained in Goa last year and were involved in two friendlies against Goa XI and India XI. They won both friendlies with ease and then went on to surprise the world by winning the African Cup of Nations.

According to those in the know, Zambia were in constant touch with the Sesa Football Academywho were expected to be the hosts. But like Das pointed out, the permissions have to be secured from the federation and not the Goa Football Association.

“We have forwarded the letters to the AIFF. There are several routines involved. I do not know what is the status (of the tour ) as of now ,” said a representative of the Sesa Football Academy.

Unmindful of the confusion in India, Zambia coach Herve Renard has named a 23 member Zambia Development/CHAN team for the “India tour”.

“The team will leave for India on November 19, two days after the closure of the 2012 local soccer season,” the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said in a statement on their official website.

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40 Responses to "Poor planning: Zambian soccer team tour of India hangs in balance"

  1. Uncle Junior  November 8, 2012 at 19:18

    What do you expect from Kalu’s incompetence; the man has his fingers everywhere.

  2. Steve  November 8, 2012 at 14:57

    It’s embarassing to turned down by a non footballing country like Indian.

  3. Steve  November 8, 2012 at 14:49

    It’s embarassing to be turned down by a non footballing country like India.

    • brown  November 8, 2012 at 17:23

      there is witchcraft there which is making our national team to perform miracles at major tournaments. Wait and see what happens after touring India .

  4. Owu mulola wendi?  November 8, 2012 at 13:26


  5. Soham Chakraborty  November 8, 2012 at 12:48

    First come in India and see how the clubs here play,what is their level;then comment on our football standards! Our FIFA ranking is low because India doesn’t play much friendlies.

    • Jim Tide  November 8, 2012 at 23:56


  6. Johnata Mbwee Banda  November 8, 2012 at 12:37

    How come? But the KCM indians are supposed to facilitate that since the know the Indian laws better.

  7. Mr Kiss  November 8, 2012 at 11:22

    The entire faz executive committee were busy campaigning in mufumbwe for pf and forgot the india outing

    • Kabuku  November 8, 2012 at 12:14

      Really. “Entire executive”? Which ones? George Kasengele, Born Mwamelo Kalusha Bwalya, Jeff Chipilingu, Kelvin Mutafu were all in Mufumbwe? Let’s be factual. Let’s not hide behind the internet to peddle lies.

      • Owu mulola wendi?  November 8, 2012 at 13:29

        Kabuku – are you in Mufumbwe? Please live by your principle of being factual. Let those who are in Mufumbwe have the final say on this. If you are in Mufumbwe, which part of Mufumbwe are you in right now???

  8. Killer  November 8, 2012 at 10:13

    the sooner we realise that we have good players and a useless coach the better. Whoever would have taken our team to Guinea would have brot the trophy.Kalu, can you terminate the contract before we are embarrased in S.A.

    • Future MP  November 8, 2012 at 10:55

      You mean Gabon you dim wit.

    • ABENA DIGGERS TOWN  November 8, 2012 at 11:12

      We had good players before than the currently ones.Did we win the AFCON Trophy before?Credit should be given were its due,let us stop the culture of insulting and blaming people not involved with the preparations.HR does is not the one who requested the India trip but the sponsors who in this case are KCM.If your company decides to send to India for a refresh course where everything is paid for instead of the UK can people blame you or the sponsors.Do you how much it cost to camp a team in Europe for a week?Google and find out much counties like Ghana,Ivory Coast,Mali and the likes of Egypt ,Morocco spend for preparation compared to Zambia.Even Players’ allowances and the coaching staff salaries/allowances compare within the SADC and East Africa block.You will find that they are afar ahead of African Champions Zambia.If Zambia had all the resources required they can camp in Brazil a month.Zambian football is not commercialized to the extent that clubs or national team can fend on its own without Government support.We need people like to come up the best ideas on how we can make football in Zambia commercial to generate its own income life Bafana Bafana.

      • Perez  November 8, 2012 at 12:05


        You have brought our good points.

        its sad that in Zambia we don’t appreciate success and think of how to build on that success but rather our unfortunate tendency is to negatively criticize and always keeping a negative perspective of things. We need a people that can believe in themselves and always aim for success which includes appreciating positive strides made so far.

        • zagaze  November 8, 2012 at 14:18

          and stop this crazy frenzy that has gripped the country of watching english premier league soccer kwati mashilu leaving your own. the football fraternity in zambia will become more commercial if we started watching our own local leagues instead of drinking mosi and castle in bars chanting arsenal or chelsea. ifyabupuba fye!!! i bet with the local league coming to a close,no one here can tell me who the top scorer is so far.

          • on  November 8, 2012 at 16:22

            Raynold Kampamba Nkana

      • Jim Tide  November 8, 2012 at 23:58

        Chishinka ba Tata!

  9. taliban  November 8, 2012 at 10:02

    what are they going to do in India..?learn cricket..

    • Luapula Bize  November 8, 2012 at 11:32

      Don’t appointment with your kind of question. I want to believe you can reason better than that since you’re an adult. Did the African champions learn Cricket whilst in India prior to the 2012 Afcon?

      • Luapula Bize  November 8, 2012 at 11:36

        ment to write don’t disappoint me

    • chimbs  November 8, 2012 at 13:26

      hw do u reason like you are in toilet?

      • Dr. Jet  November 8, 2012 at 14:59

        Read before you comment

  10. S.M.M  November 8, 2012 at 09:29

    no magic from india this year,try getting it from one of those funny asian countries.good luck with the muti finding

  11. ZK  November 8, 2012 at 09:14

    Those who have Won the world cup have never attributed their success to white shirts, its the technical know how.

  12. ZK  November 8, 2012 at 09:09


  13. TNT  November 8, 2012 at 08:45

    I know what is going on here; Coach Rena’s white magic shirt has expired. He must get another one!!

    • Perez  November 8, 2012 at 12:07

      he doesn’t have to go with the whole team

  14. Jay  November 8, 2012 at 08:20

    Tiye Zambia… beka tubepesha ati tuli makula!

  15. Bm babz  November 8, 2012 at 08:19

    Why india of all the countries.in india there is no competitive football they can boast of.

  16. Mwinemushi  November 8, 2012 at 08:17

    It’s free that’s why they wanna go to India

    • Luapula Bize  November 8, 2012 at 08:39

      Its NOT FREE! All expenses are paid for!

    • TNT  November 8, 2012 at 08:45

      Its the white shirt my friend.

  17. Consultant  November 8, 2012 at 08:16

    i think it has to do with the sponsor, the probably gave the condition

  18. Suumbwanyambe  November 8, 2012 at 08:10

    Why do you always play your friendlies with finished non soccer oriented countries, You can easily go to Cameroon near by and play the indomitable Lions of Teranga rather than going all the way to india, are you going for cricket there ?
    Coach please reason.

    • CHIPOLOPOLO ONE  November 8, 2012 at 08:28

      that is not just a visit, when we go
      to india we also visit very powerfull
      medicine men to help in overpowering
      african juju charms, why cant you
      just see that.

    • Luapula Bize  November 8, 2012 at 08:42


  19. The 3ye  November 8, 2012 at 08:04


  20. TRIPOLI  November 8, 2012 at 08:04


  21. Youngster!  November 8, 2012 at 08:01

    Why not Camp in RSA for the next 3 months and acclimatize to the weather.

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