Zambian fans write off squad ahead of Uganda match

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian rugby fans have expressed disquiet over the manner in which the national rugby football union has handled its team ahead of Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifying tie in Kampala, Uganda.
This follows rumours that coach John Mwanza was removed from his job and his place filled by Edwin Yenga just before the team's departure for East Africa.
"Just what is going on in this team?" Rugby fan Evans Phiri demanded in Lusaka Friday after learning later that Mwanza had in fact left for Uganda.
The team left Thursday with both Mwanza and Yenga as its officials.
Also accompanying the team is Operations Manager, Moses Shonga, who disclosed the sacking of Mwanza, and ZRFU president Manuel Harawa and Vice-president Elliot M'hende.
National rugby team coach Mwanza was supposed to have been dropped along with three of his players accused of indiscipline.
The dropped players, who have always been in the starting line-up, are Caesar Mutesha (flanker), Joseph Nyirenda (prop) and Norman Nkandu (full back).
They are accused of having led others to press for the payment of outstanding training and winning bonuses shortly after the team had narrowly beaten Cameroon 25-24 a week ago.
Tresford Kabeya, Ndebe Bulawayo and Joseph Kabwe, all from Lusaka Rugby Club have since replaced the three in the squad.
Another rugby fan, Webster Malama, expressed fear that the Zambia National Rugby team may easily be over-run by the Ugandans due to low morale as a result of these late changes.
However, speaking before departure, Shonga assured Zambians that there was no reason for worry as his team was well prepared for the Kampala encounter.
The fans' fears have been heightened by remarks from Uganda trainers that they had closely studied the style of play of their Zambian opponents and were ready to outwit them on Saturday.
The 21-man Zambian squad to Kampala consists of Hugo Chisenga, Noble Chisanga, Musonda Kaminsa, Owen Busange, Ndabe Bulawayo, Thengo Ngondo, Tresford Kabeya, Joseph Kabwe, Levy Kanyika and Philip Konie.
Others are Alex Mwila, Happy Chipili, Chancy Mulama, Jesse Mazabuka, Maybin Sinkala, Martin Kabeya, Tom Mweemba, Edwin Zulu, Richard Kapoma, Lupupa Lumpa and Eddie Kasanda.
The Uganda team, which has been in camp for more than a month now comprises of captain and penalty taker Jonathan Musoke, assistant captain Peter Magona, Tony Nyangweso, Herbert Wafula, Allan Musoke, Lucas Ochieng, Robert Seyuga, Kenneth Opito and David Mutaka.
Others are Michael Wandera, Ronnie Lutakome, Brian Tindikwa, Fred Mudola, Gilbert Kiggude, Jim Middleton, Faisal Gama, Deo Munube, Gideon Kamya, Andrew Owor, Garcon Oneno, Bobby Omuna, David Bukenya and David Mutaka.
Tolbert Onyango, an ex-Kenya international, and assistant Yayiro Kasasa, a graduate from the New Zealand Advanced Sports Institute are the coaches.

10 août 2001 10:27:00

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