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Monday, January 21, 2013





Go and wallop them!!!

President Sata has urged the Chipolopolo to wallop all their opponents when
they begin their title defence on today.

"What you have to bear in mind is that the people of Zambia support you.
When you start on Monday(today), fight! Be brave and fight like the freedom
fighters who won independence. You have won the cup once, but we want you to
win it again; so don't worry about anything. Go and play and even if you
meet the hosts at any stage, go and wallop them," President Sata said to
massive cheers and applause from the players, dignitaries and FAZ

President Sata was accompanied by First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba, Sports
Minister Chishimba Kambwili and other senior government officials and
He was welcomed at the Protea Hotel Nelspruit by FAZ president Kalusha
Bwalya and executive committee members of the Football Association of
Zambia, diplomats and representatives of the Premier of Mpumalanga Province.
His arrival brought the hotel to a standstill and caught the attention of
the international press which included Al Jazeera, BBC, Supersport, CCTV,
Associated Press and a cross section of African media. International media
personnel were however asked to leave the hotel meeting room by FAZ
spokesperson Erick Mwanza who told the audience in his introductory remarks
that President Sata's meeting with the players was "a closed and internal
Zambian affair." The international media was however given an opportunity to
interview the president who emphasized that Zambia was in South Africa to

FAZ chief Kalusha commended President Sata for his support and encouragement
stressing that his unwavering commitment to the team and game was

"Your excellency, we are pleased to welcome you. We are encouraged by your
presence and your commitment and support to the team and FAZ. The whole team
will be greatly encouraged and motivated throughout the tournament," Kalusha

Reigning and defending African champions Zambia open the defense of their
title with a 17:00hours kick against Ethiopia at Mbombela on Monday(today).

Thanks to: Arnold Ng'anzwe

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