Coach Herve Renard is refusing to toe the line of the Zambian FA by lying over the circumstances under which the Chipolopolo failed to train ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi insisting he won’t wash their dirty linen in public.
The Zambian FA has embarked on a massive lying campaign to obscure its shambolic preparation for match by blaming Ghana for all its woes leading up to the match.
The Chipolopolo arrived for their mandatory training session on Thursday two hours late after the pitch in Kumasi was closed but claimed that Ghanaians had refused them the right to train when they did not turn up at the appointed time.
To trump up their spurious claims of intimidation by Ghana fans, Zambian asked their players to get down from their bus and train right in the middle of where Ghanaian fans were standing to provoke a reaction from the local fans.
The incident was witnessed by FIFA’s security official who is expected to report the Zambians to the world governing body for provoking the Ghana fans.
As their time of training had elapsed they were not entitled to train yet the Ghanaians compromised by asking them to turn up for Friday morning for a shake-up at the request of the Zambians.
But the Zambian FA’s lying machinery went into full motion with the liar-in-chief Erick Mwanza, the FAZ spokesman, posting several messages on social media claiming they were denied the chance to train.
However their French coach has clearly rejected Mwanza’s lies over the claims that they were denied the chance to train.
Asked if Zambia’s failure to train on Thursday contributed to the loss, Renard said: “We can’t wash clothes in public,” steering clear from the Zambia FA’s distortions.
The Frenchman had his reservation over their arrival time in Ghana and their travel arrangements which led them to failing to arrive in time for training.
Renard has described their travel arrangements for the match in Kumasi as ‘takataka’.