Katongo dumped by Zambia
Chipolopolo captain Christopher Katongo has been axed by Zambia for ‘tactical reasons’ by head coach Honour Janza.
Despite leading Zambia to the Cup of Nations title in 2012, it appears as though Chris Katongo’s time in the Chipolopolo side might be drawing to a close.
The forward won the BBC Footballer of the Year award in 2012, but was present as the team declined, both under Herve Renard and following the manager’s departure.
The forward has been axed following Zambia’s mixed start to the Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. He was present for the defeat to Cape Verde and also entered as a substitute against Zambia at the weekend.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma, team manager Lusekelo Kamwabi outlined why the former hero had been dropped: “Coach Janza, in a bold move aimed at boosting team spirit and unity in Chipolopolo, has released captain Christopher Katongo from camp.
“The decision was not based on disciplinary grounds but purely tactical reasons. Janza intends to make drastic changes to the squad to face Niger on Wednesday therefore he wishes to spare the blushes of the captain that might arise from the possible omission from the team.”
After a 0-0 draw away in Niamey, Zambia have only two points after three games and currently find themselves third in Group F.