Zambians Fans Praying on Atlas Mountain
By Bennie Mundando

ZAMBIAN fans who have gone to support the national team at this year’s CHAN tournament in Morocco on yesterday took to the peak of the Atlas Mountain and offered players for the team ahead of the quarter final round of matches to seek God’s intervention.

The fans were led by Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZASPOFA) patron Peter Makembo who arrived in that country a day after the tournament began and mobilized the local fans there together with those who had travelled from Zambia to support the team.

The fans, who spent over two hours on the top of the mountain interceding for the Chipolopolo, yesterday continued with prayers at their base and will continue with prayers until the quarter final game is played.

Speaking in a telephone interview from Morocco this afternoon, Makembo said the Zambian fans will not relent in seeking God’s intervention because they had seen his hand especially with the previous Under-20 team which was assembled by Nkana coach Beston Chambeshi which came close to clinching their maiden World Cup trophy.

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“We climbed the Atlas Mountain on yesterday to meet our Lord and seek divine favour. God has been faithful each time we have sought him in truth and spirit and we saw it fit that we go to the mountain to meet him and talk to him. We petitioned him that we want to come back to Zambia with a trophy and now it is up to the players to rise up to the occasion.

“We saw the glory of God and we are excited. We are not even concerned with the Namibia game tomorrow because we know God has already delivered the Brave Warriors in our hands. We are only looking forward to an exciting quarter final, the semis, and the final. I met the players on Saturday and I told them to remain focused and not to overrate themselves because that could lead to our ejection from the tournament. We have been with them everywhere they have gone and we will always be there for them,” Makembo said.

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He said if the national team qualify to the finals, he will come back to Zambia to ferry more fans to beef up support in Morocco to motivate the players and encourage them to “die a little for mother Zambia.”

“Whatever it takes to ferry more supporters from Zambia, I will do it. If Zambia goes to the finals, I will definitely come back to ferry more supporters. Right now, I am making arrangements to ensure that if that happens, the supporters will be safe here,” he said.

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Both Zambia and Namibia qualified to the next phase after beating Uganda and Ivory Coast to become Group B’s torch bearers with a game in hand where the two teams will square off tomorrow in a match that will decide who tops the group and decide the quarter final fixtures as they are tied on six points though the Chipolopolo boys command a superior goal difference.

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