Kalusha is delighted with the decision to give them three points from the boardroom
Zambia FA chief Kalusha Bwalya is delighted by FIFA’s decision to award them three free points in the boardroom in their 2014 World Cup qualifier, making Ghana’s chances of qualifying extremely difficult.
Bwalya says Zambia should not get sidetracked by the three points won off Sudan but solely focus on the crucial 2013 Africa Cup qualifier against Uganda.
The Chipolopolo were on Monday awarded three points and a 3-0 result against Sudan after the latter used an ineligible player in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D qualifier on June 2 in Khartoum.
The decision from FIFA came even though Zambia did not file the protest within the stipulated time.
Sudan won that match 2-0.
Kalusha told MTNFootball.com that the Football Association of Zambia was delighted with the verdict from FIFA but were still awaiting official communication from Zurich.
“I can confirm that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee have awarded the match to Zambia and a 3-0 score line as reported yesterday. No Official letter yet,” Kalusha, who is also FAZ president, said.
“This week is the most important for Chipolopolo. We can’t mix the two issues.
“The boys know what is at stake, and the boys will be ‘fired up’. It will be important for our team to get a chance to defend our title in South Africa.”
Zambia face Uganda away on October 13 in a 2013 Africa Cup third round, final leg qualifier in Kampala leading 1-0 from the first leg played on September 8 in Ndola.
A draw or win will do for Zambia to qualify to the South African tournament that will run from January 19 to February 10.