Zambia President Michael Sata has challenged the Chipolopolo to go to Ghana and conquer the Black Stars in tomorrow’s crunch FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.
The President advised the Chipolopolo to head into the match ready and make Zambia happy.
In his goodwill message delivered by Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili to the team in Lusaka yesterday, President Sata said Government was confident the Chipolopolo would overcome the Black Stars again.
Zambia beat Ghana twice last year – first at the Africa Cup of Nations in the semi-finals in February and later replicated the same 1-0 scoreline in June in the corresponding 2014 World Cup qualifying fixture.
Ghana has never beaten Zambia in a competitive match since 1992.
And Kambwili appealed to the squad to ignore all tactics being employed by Ghana to frustrate them, saying the Chipolopolo should instead remain focused on winning the game.
He said beating the Black Stars in the crucial Group D match would be a good independence gift to Zambia.
The minister advised the squad not to panic but take the game like any other.
Having undergone an operation three days ago, Kambwili said he could not travel to Ghana but delegated his deputy, Stephen Masumba to lead the Zambian entourage.
He said Defence Minister, Geoffrey Mwamba would beef up the Government delegation today, showing Government’s commitment to ensure the team succeeds.
Meanwhile, during the prayers of intercession for the national team at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka on Tuesday evening, Kambwili called on all Zambians to remain prayerful at all times whether the Chipolopolo win or lose a match.
He said Zambians needed to go back to God and thank him even when the Chipolopolo won or lost a game.
Kambwili urged the players to also work hard on the pitch for them to get the result in Ghana.
“Nothing is impossible if you trust in God,” he said.
The Sports Ministry organised the intercessory prayers to commit the national team and fans in God’s hands for spiritual breakthrough and protection before and after the Ghana match.