Chipolopolo should celebrate Zambia’ 60th birthday World Cup qualification – Nkandu

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AS the weight of history and a nation’s hope rest on the Chipolopolo’s shoulders ahead of their World Cup qualifiers clash with Morocco, Government hopes the team will gift Zambia with a qualification as it turns 60.

Zambia turns 60 years in October and what better way to light up the fireworks and seal off the celebration by qualifying to the FIFA World Cup for the first time.

Chipolopolo Boys are poised to challenge the Atlas Lions of Morocco in a crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Minister of Youths, Sports and Arts, Elvis Nkandu, warned Morocco not to underestimate the Chipolopolo Boys.

Zambia, he says, has transformed into a formidable force, their growth evident in their recent performances.

“I believe that its a tough game and it will not be a walk in the park, Morocco also wants to qualify.” Nkandu said. “But I also believe in our boys because there is no weaker team within the continent of Africa.”

“Even Morocco should not under rate us, yes we are going into that game as under dogs but I believe we can make an upset.”

Nkandu urged the Chipolopolo Boys to play with patriotism and perseverance, aiming to make history as Zambia celebrates independence.

“We should also take into account that we are clocking 60 years of independence, how nice would it be that in this celebration, we also celebrate Zambia’s first time qualification to the World Cup?”

“This is were we call for patriotism, perseverance and determination from our boys,” Nkandu added.

A World Cup qualification would be the ultimate gift to the nation, a glorious milestone etched in gold.

The Chipolopolo Boys, united and determined, are ready to face Morocco in a two-legged tie.

Their journey in Group E also includes encounters with Tanzania, Niger and Congo Brazzaville.

Buckle up for a thrilling ride as Zambia sets out to conquer the odds and try to book a spot out of the 48 teams to feature at the next FIFA World Cup which will be held from June 11 to July 19, 2026, jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

By Elesani Phiri

Kalemba June 4, 2024

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