The government has asked football supporters to exercise patience and give the present Chipolopolo team time to grow after their early elimination from the competition in the wake of the 2023 AFCON tournament. Save for experienced defender Stopilla Sunzu, a vital member of the 2012 title team, this was the team’s first debut at such a high level, according to Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu.

Minister Nkandu has urged the Zambian Football Association (FAZ) to keep the present technical bench in place, pointing to its ability to lead Zambia to both the World Cup and AFCON 2025. He conveyed trust in the coaching staff’s capacity to advance the team development despite the early departure.

Nkandu suggested in his appeal that the technical bench under Avram Grant go overseas to scout players who are native to Zambia. In order to prepare the club for future competitions, he pleaded with Grant to think about bringing in some youthful players. The minister emphasized that the government is committed to supporting these kinds of initiatives, giving the example of helping to include Aim Mabika, a Zambian defender located in the United States.

Nkandu reiterated President Hakainde Hichilema’s pledge that the administration is ready to supply the required resources. He reaffirmed President Hichilema’s commitment to providing funding for camps for training and player salaries, demonstrating the administration’s commitment to the growth and prosperity of Zambian football.