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War of words erupts between Chris Katongo & Bafana Bafana coach ahead of Wednesday’s showdown

Published: November 12, 2012

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Chipolopolo skipper and 2012 African Footballer of the Year contender Chris Katongo says African champions Zambia have nothing to prove against South Africa stressing that it was Bafana Bafana who were under massive pressure to try and impress when the two teams meet on Wednesday night.

Said Katongo in an interview as Zambia set base in Johannesburg yesterday, “The match will be tough but I don’t think we have anything to prove against South Africa. We are the champions and for us it’s a chance to enjoy this moment to get together and start preparing for next year. The pressure is on South Africa who would want to show that they can beat us.”

Igesund’s Bafana Bafana will be facing the African Champions

But South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has, however, rubbished the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations golden ball award winner’s statement, according to a Supersport report quoting Reuters.

“This is the type of game that we need,” Igesund said adding that “I think we are much better than what we were a month ago, so I think it’s a good game for us to have. They (Zambia) are a really good team, they are well organised and they have some useful players in the side.”

“Win or lose, this game will give me a good indication where we are and how we are progressing. There is no pressure on Bafana to win a friendly match. Chris Katongo can’t say we are under pressure to win this match,” Igesund whose side has failed to qualify for the last two successive Nations Cup finals said.

South Africa last appeared at the Africa Cup in Ghana in 2008 where they failed to in a match. Bafana Bafana was thrashed by Tunisia 3-1 and only managed draws against Angola and South Africa. However, their 2008 performance, despite being booted out in the first round was better than 2006 where they were kicked out in the first round without a point and without scoring a goal.

They failed to qualify for 2010 and 2012 and only qualify for 2013 as hosts.


25 Comments on "War of words erupts between Chris Katongo & Bafana Bafana coach ahead of Wednesday’s showdown"

  1. sade on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 7:40 pm 

    Whats the latest on kalaba is he fit now.and

  2. Jojo on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 7:50 pm 

    Provided we do not meet in the early rounds, Zambia and Ivory Coast will again meet in the final of the Africa cup of nations,

    South Africa are not as good as they think they are, They are an average team With average Players. They will be entertaining their fans with their “Shibobo’s” instead of going out to win the game, At the Afcon I don’t expect them to beat Angola and Mali, Their result against the Cape Verde will determine their fate in that group. Unlike Bafana Bafana, We have a Very Very good team with a very high TEAM SPIRIT, After our Penalty shoot out win against Uganda, Kalusha came out and said ” Never underestimate the spirit of a champion” Our Central midfield pairing of Nathan Sinkala and Isaac Chansa is as good as any on the continent. Of course their has been some knee-Jerk reaction from fans based on 2 poor peformances, That’s Unerstandable, We set very high standards for ourselves and fans expect the team to maintain those standards, But in Football it does’nt happen that way, We are fooling ourselves if we think an afcon title will make us start beating teams by 3 or 4 nil everytime, In African football their are no small teams anymore ( We of all teams should know this).

  3. Jojo on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 8:11 pm 

    LINE-UP
    1.Mweene (2)Nkausu (3)Mbola (4)HH (5) Sunzu (6)Sinkala (7) Chris (8) Chansa (9) Mayuka (10) Kalaba [If fit] (11) Chisamba

    Knowing Herve Renard, This is the team he will line-up, He has 100% trust in these players, Jacob Mulenga has been in great form for his club, But he has been out of the national team for a very long time and a lot has happened since then, Therefore I don’t expect him to come straight in the 1st team, He will start from the bench.

  4. ngake on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 8:17 pm 

    Much ado about nothing in this article.Zamfoot rather tell us about who is in camp or when we expect a full house. What of the kalaba injury who will replace him if he does’nt play? As for the comments in jojo post are you telling me you are happy winning 1 nil at home in every game.please explain why DRC, morroco, ivory coast where able to score four goals in their home games during qualifying. Egypt on their way to defending their last two cups thrashed teams like cameroun, ivory coast and algeria along the way. Mind of a champion indeed. Needless to say I think your argument is shortsighted.

  5. Seen from afar on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 8:18 pm 

    Not so much a war of words, quite simply the new Bafana coach diverting pressure away from his side and his job more importantly. Bafana does however need good results vitally.

  6. Mumbi on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 8:37 pm 

    War of words! Hope it won’t go beyond that

  7. Dihno on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 9:05 pm 

    Zambia will be a team to beat, let them say/talk, Zambia will be their being addressed as defending champions, and now we are the African Campions, nothing less nothing more.

  8. Man Ceasor on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 9:31 pm 

    Is dis wat u call war of words Zamfoot?

  9. kk 11 on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 9:36 pm 

    war of words? zamfoot. c’mon!!!

  10. Nkatizo on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 9:56 pm 

    We the champions,let the player watch the cup final 2012 few hrs b4 the game against SA it wil put them in the winning mood

  11. Scotch on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 9:57 pm 

    ths isnt war,zamfoot! Guys,is the game on supersport?

  12. Kasama boy on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 10:05 pm 

    Sasa frika will always cheat themselves to be the best team in Africa or in the region. They are truly the best funded tema, but talent yena tapaba. Their team plays to the gallery and they will never qualify to any major tournament let alone win it unless they host it. They always manipulate Zambia by setting us in such a way that when we win our group we are then sent to another place and then another and yet another. Now look at the weather and the altitude of those places. We are in Bloemfontein today High altitude, then Durban tomorrow, sea level, then Joburg high altitude then Cape Town another day something else. Once they know Zambia is as hot as it is we will move from one place to another until we fail to mett and beat them. So chipolopolo hammer the small little boys.

  13. Kasama boy on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 10:06 pm 

    Sasa frika will always cheat themselves to be the best team in Africa or in the region. They are truly the best funded tema, but talent yena tapaba. Their team plays to the gallery and they will never qualify to any major tournament let alone win it unless they host it. They always manipulate Zambia by setting us in such a way that when we win our group we are then sent to another place and then another and yet another. Now look at the weather and the altitude of those places. We are in Bloemfontein today High altitude, then Durban tomorrow, sea level, then Joburg high altitude then Cape Town another day something else. Once they know Zambia is as hot as it is, we will move from one place to another until we fail to mett and beat them. So chipolopolo hammer the small little boys.

  14. Percy on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 10:24 pm 

    @Jojo, I think as champions, we nid 2 instil fear in our opponents by thrashing “small teams”, 3,4 or 7 nil. Look at Mali, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast. They r hammering teams mercilessly nd hear we r convincing ourselves that there r no mo small teams in Africa. What of th ones others r thrashing 4-nil. R they not in Africa? R Sudan, Malawi or Uganda big teams tht we cn fail 2 hammer 4 or 5 nil? come on. We nid 2 get serious nd show tht we r worthy champions. Our post Afcon performance has bn dismal 2 say th least. We nid 2 start winning convincingly. After all, we r th champions…

  15. sade on Mon, 12th Nov 2012 11:25 pm 

    Source http://www.kickoff.com
    Bafana vs Zambia – head to head!
    Bafana vs Zambia – head to head results!

    Posted: 12 November 2012 Time: 09:08 pm
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    South Africa continue their preparation for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when they take on reigning Africa champions Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday.

    South Africa vs Zambia
    Nelson Mandela Challenge
    November 14, 2012, 8pm
    Soccer City, Soweto

    This will be the 18th edition of the Mandela Challenge, and is a repeat of the inaugural edition in 1994 when Bafana Bafana defeated Zambia 2-1 at Ellis Park.

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    Overall, the teams have met 14 times since South Africa’s readmission into the international fold 20 years ago. Each side has claimed four wins against one another, and there have been six draws. Chipolopolo have outscored Bafana 15 goals to 14.

    With the Nations Cup on home soil looming Zambia, the reigning champions after their triumph in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea early in 2012, are the perfect opponents for coach Gordon Igesund to test out his plans.

    Chipolopolo, led by charismatic French coach Herve Renard, are a highly talented and well organised team, whose experience of South African conditions (they often train in the country, while several of their national team players are on the books of PSL clubs) puts them among the favourites for the 2013 Afcon title.

    As for Bafana, they will be looking to build on the momentum gained with a 2-1 away win over Kenya in Nairobi last month. Igesund has a 100 percent record against African opponents in his short tenure so far, and retaining that statistic will go a long way toward lifting the confidence ahead of the big tournament next year.

    Though Zambia have been regular opponents for South Africa down the years, the teams have not met in more than three years. A 1-0 friendly win for Bafana in January 2009 (courtesy of a goal from Teko Modise, who is part of the present squad) was the last meeting of the sides.

    Bafana have had to deal with some injury problems in the build-up to the match, as Orlando Pirates duo Siyabonga Sangweni and Oupa Manyisa have both been ruled out. Siboniso Gaxa of Kaizer Chiefs was called up as a replacement for Sangweni.

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    SA vs Zambia – previous meetings

    P W D L GF GA

    14 4 6 4 14 15

    August 30, 1992

    South Africa 0

    Zambia 1 (Mwitwa 72)

    African Cup of Nations qualifying, Group 5

    Soccer City, Johannesburg

    Att: 20,000

    Ref: P Liphoto (Lesotho)

    Cautions: Motaung 50; K Bwalya 55, Changwe 62, Malambo 85

    Dismissal: P Masinga 88

    South Africa: Mark Anderson, Sizwe Motaung, Sam Kambule, Roger Links, Steve Komphela, David Nyathi, Donald Khuse (Bennett Masinga 71), Neil Tovey (c), Doctor Khumalo (Marks Maponyane 78), August Makalakalane, Phil Masinga. Coach: Stanley Tshabalala

    Zambia: Chabala, Mwanza, Malambo, Changwe, Mulenga, Chomba, Mankinka, Jonson Bwalya, S Nyirenda, Mwitwa, Mbasela

    Coach: Simutowe

    July 11, 1993

    South Africa 0

    Zambia 3 (Chiyangi 1, K Bwalya 66 pen, Makwaza 71)

    African Cup of Nations qualifying, Group 5

    Independence Stadium, Lusaka

    Att: 40,000

    Ref: Ntambidila wa Ntambidila (Zaire)

    Cautions: Madida 2, P Masinga 67; Sakala 80, Mbasela 85

    Dismissals: Palacios 35, Seale 61

    Zambia: J Phiri, Sakala, Chiyangi, Litana, Chongo, Lungu (Munaile 58), Jonson Bwalya, Makwaza, W Nyirenda (Mbasela 62), Joel Bwalya, K Bwalya

    Coach: Mwila

    South Africa: Roger de Sa, Sam Kambule, Rudolph Seale, Steve Komphela (c), Joas Magolego, Neil Tovey, Marks Maponyane (Doctor Khumalo 57), Donald Khuse, Fani Madida, John Moshoeu, Phil Masinga

    Coach: Augusto Palacios

    May 10, 1994

    South Africa 2 (Augustine 46, Khumalo 47)

    Zambia 1 (Makwaza 67)

    Friendly international

    Ellis Park, Johannesburg

    Att: 50,000

    Ref: Edwin Senai (Botswana)

    Dismissals: Khumalo 77; Litana 89

    South Africa: Steve Crowley, Sizwe Motaung, Lucas Radebe, Steve Komphela (c), Rudolph Seale, Neil Tovey, John Moshoeu (Marks Maponyane 70), Doctor Khumalo, Mark Fish, Brendan Augustine (David Nyathi 79), Phil Masinga

    Coach: Clive Barker.

    Zambia: Mwamba, Litana, Chongo, M Malitoli (Sichikolo 46), Chiyangi, Sakala, Lungu (W Nyirenda 65), H Tembo (Phiri 46), Makwaza, Chilumba, Saileti

    Coach: Porterfield.

    November 13, 1994

    Zambia 1 (K Malitoli 86 pen)

    South Africa (Khumalo 68)

    African Cup of Nations qualifying, Group 5

    Independence Stadium, Lusaka

    Att: 40,000

    Ref: Alem Assefa (Ethiopia)

    Cautions: Moshoeu 17, P Masinga 66

    Zambia: J Phiri, Musabula, Kamwanga, Litana, Mulubwa (Makasa 58), Lungu, Makwaza, Sichikolo, Mwansa, K Malitoli, Saileti (Chilumba 28)

    Coach: Poulsen

    South Africa: Steve Crowley, Sizwe Motaung, Steve Komphela (c), Lucas Radebe, Andrew Tucker, Neil Tovey, Linda Buthelezi, John Moshoeu, Doctor Khumalo, Mark Williams (Marks Maponyane 81), Phil Masinga

    Coach: Clive Barker

    November 22, 1995

    South Africa 2 (Williams 18, 70)

    Zambia 2 (Lota 11, 37)

    Four Nations Cup

    Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

    Att: 20,000

    Ref: Aly Sattar (Egypt)

    Cautions: Nkoma 43, Mutale 57, A Tembo 69, Mwewa 87

    South Africa: Steve Crowley (Andre Arendse 46), Sizwe Motaung, Mark Fish, Steve Komphela (c), Neil Tovey, Donald Khuse (Gerald Stober 62), August Makalakalane, Doctor Khumalo, John Moshoeu, Daniel Mudau (Linda Buthelezi 46), Mark Williams

    Coach: Clive Barker

    Zambia: J Phiri, Makasa, Nkoma (Mabwe 46), Kamwanga, Mwewa, Lungu, Mutale, K Malitoli, A Tembo, Lota, B Musonda (Makwaza 79)

    Coach: Poulsen

    January 11, 1997

    Zambia 0

    South Africa 0

    World Cup qualifying, Group 3

    Independence Stadium, Lusaka

    Att: 27,500

    Ref: Al Tajdden Fares (Syria)

    Zambia: D Phiri, M Malitoli, Chiyangi, Litana, Chongo, V Mutale, Miti (A Tembo 72), Joel Bwalya (K Malitoli 61), Jonson Bwalya (Kangwa 56), K Bwalya, D Lota

    Coach: Mwila

    South Africa: Andre Arendse, Sizwe Motaung, Jacob Tshisevhe (Helman Mkhalele 68), Neil Tovey (c), Lucas Radebe, David Nyathi, Linda Buthelezi, Eric Tinkler, John Moshoeu, Phil Masinga (Brendan Augustine 68), Jerry Sikhosana (Pollen Ndlanya 85)

    Coach: Clive Barker

    June 8, 1997

    South Africa 3 (Mkhalele 9, Masinga 16, Williams 74)

    Zambia 0

    World Cup qualifying, Group 3

    Soccer City, Johannesburg

    Att: 56,000

    Ref: Gamal el Ghandour (Egypt)

    Cautions: Masinga 5, Radebe 18, M Malitoli 21, Chongo 63, Lota 88

    South Africa: Andre Arendse, Sizwe Motaung, Mark Fish, Neil Tovey, Lucas Radebe (c), Eric Tinkler, John Moshoeu (John Moeti 70), Doctor Khumalo, Helman Mkhalele (Linda Buthelezi 82), Shaun Bartlett (Mark Williams 54), Phil Masinga

    Coach: Clive Barker

    Zambia: D Phiri, M Malitoli, Litana, Chongo, Chilufya, Makasa, A Tembo, Jonson Bwalya, D Lota, Chella (Kangwa 62), K Bwalya

    Coach: Mungwa

    May 20, 1998

    South Africa 1 (Bartlett 57)

    Zambia 1 (Kamwashi 9)

    Friendly international

    Soccer City, Johannesburg

    Att: 30,000

    Ref: Peter Lauer (Swaziland)

    Caution: Makasa 29, Tana 48, Tembo 72

    South Africa: Hans Vonk, David Nyathi (Quinton Fortune 86), Willem Jackson, Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe (c), Alfred Phiri (Delron Buckley 46), John Moshoeu, Helman Mkhalele (Doctor Khumalo 88), Brendan Augustine (Themba Mnguni 68), Shaun Bartlett (Jerry Sikhosana 74), Phil Masinga (Benedict McCarthy 55)

    Coach: Philippe Troussier

    Zambia: Mbulo, Sichone, Makasa, Tana, Mwewa, Kamwanga, Chisanga (Mutapa 67), Mumumba (Sakulanda 40), Kamwashi (Katala 46), M Tembo, Lota

    Coach: Kapita

    August 13, 2005

    South Africa 2 (Lungisani Ndlela 63, Abram Raselemane 68)

    Zambia 2 (Chamanga 18, C Katongo 24)

    Zambia won 9-8 on penalties

    Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final

    Mmabatho Stadium, Mmabatho

    Att: 2,000

    Ref: Florant Raolimanana (Madagascar)

    Cautions: Craig Bianchi 74; Tana 40

    Penalty shoot-out sequence (South Africa first): 1-0 Ricardo Katza, 1-1 Tana; 2-1 Abram Raselemane, 2-2 Bakala; 3-2 Benedict Vilakazi, 3-3 Mulenga; 4-3 Rene Richards, 4-3 Kalaba (missed); 4-3 Phil Evans (missed), 4-4 Chilembi; 5-4 Rowen Fernandez, 5-5 Musonda; 6-5 Daine Klate, 6-6 Katongo; 7-6 Bevan Fransman, 7-7 Mwila; 8-7 Lungisani Ndlela, 8-8 Lungu; 8-8 Craig Bianchi (saved); 8-9 Mweene

    South Africa: Rowen Fernandez, Bevan Fransman, Ricardo Katza (c), Siboniso Gaxa (Peter Petersen 25), Matthew Booth (Craig Bianchi 46), Phil Evans, Siyabonga Nkosi (Daine Klate 65), Benedict Vilakazi, Rene Richards, Abram Raselemane, Lungisani Ndlela

    Coach: Stuart Baxter

    Zambia: Mweene, Chilembi, Musonda, Tana, Nketani, Bakala, Lungu, C Katongo, F Katongo (Mulenga 64), Chamanga (Kalaba 89), Chalwe (Mwila 50)

    Coach: Bwalya

    January 30, 2006

    South Africa 0

    Zambia 1 (C Katongo 75)

    African Cup of Nations, Group C

    Al Ittihad stadium, Alexandria

    Att: 2,000

    Ref: Essam Abdelfattah (Egypt)

    Cautions: Daniel Tshabalala 79; Njovu 16, Musonda 43

    South Africa: Calvin Marlin, Jimmy Tau, Tsepo Masilela, Mbulelo Mabizela (c), Pierre Issa, Daniel Tshabalala (Elrio van Heerden 63), Mlungisi Gumbi, Simphiwe Tshabalala, Siyabonga Nkosi (Lebogang Mokoena 82), Siyabonga Nomvete (Joseph Makanya 67), Katlego Mphela

    Coach: Ted Dumitru

    Zambia: Mweene, Nketani, Hachilensa, Musonda, Tana, Sinkala, Njovu (Bakala 69), F Katongo (Phiri 64), C Katongo, Mbesuma (Chalwe 80), Chamanga

    Coach: Bwalya

    October 8, 2006

    Zambia 0

    South Africa 1 (Aaron Mokoena 28)

    African Cup of Nations qualifier, Group 11

    Independence Stadium, Lusaka

    Att: 30,000

    Ref: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

    Cautions: Maceth Sibaya 64, Bradley Carnell 89

    Zambia: Mweene, Musonda, Hachilensa, Sichone (Mwanza 75), Nketani, Sinkala, Bakala, Kalaba (Phiri 65), C Katongo, Mulenga (Chamanga 32), Mbesuma

    Coach: Phiri

    South Africa: Rowen Fernandez, Cyril Nzama, Bradley Carnell, Aaron Mokoena (c), Nasief Morris, MacBeth Sibaya, Siyabonga Nkosi, Simphiwe Tshabalala (Ricardo Katza 76), Steven Pienaar, Siyabonga Nomvete (Nathan Paulse 88), Delron Buckley (Benedict Vilakazi 71)

    Coach: Pitso Mosimane

    September 9, 2007

    South Africa 1 (McCarthy 51)

    Zambia 3 (C Katongo 9, 20, 21)

    Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

    Newlands Stadium, Cape Town

    Ref: Evehe (Cameroon)

    Cautions: A Mokoena, Nzama; Hachilensa, Chansa, Musonda

    Dismissal: Chansa 79

    South Africa: Fernandez, Nzama, Morris, A Mokoena, Carnell, Pienaar (Nkosi 82), Sibaya, Zothwane (T Modise 30), Buckley (Fanteni 66), Moriri, McCarthy

    Coach: Parreira

    October 24, 2007

    South Africa 0

    Zambia 0

    (SA won 4-3 on penalties)

    Cosafa Castle Cup Final

    Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein

    Ref: Andriamiharisoa (Mauritius)

    South Africa: Josephs, Mere, Mhlongo, Fransman, B Evans, Modise, Sono (Smith 68), Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Parker (Chenene 68), Fanteni

    Coach: Parreira

    January 27, 2009

    South Africa 1 (Modise 53)

    Zambia 0

    Friendly international

    Super Stadium, Atteridgeville

    Ref: Seechurn (Mauritius)

    South Africa: Khune, Gaxa, Khumalo, Gould, Twala, Tsutsulupa, Dikgacoi, Modise (Mothibantwa 90), Moriri (Mashego 69), Tshabalala, Khenyeza (Nale 83)

    Coach: Santana.

  16. Obbie on Tue, 13th Nov 2012 6:37 am 

    Hi pipo, as a country we need to start having history of our football. I was shocked to see improved history of head to head on kickoff.com. even the time a goal was scored and time for substitutes. we might not have such database for our country’s football.

    This game is going to be nice and much as katongo says Bafana Bafana are under pressure, even Chipolopolo is under pressure to play good coordinated football and also to win it since they want to prove that they are champs and yes we are. Patrice said”lets show that we are champions” Jacob will be a surprise package for them. We are winning by 2 goals to nil.

    john what is your problem? you are not giving us latest news mudala why. I always check for your comments first bro. give us it. Don’t undermine the power of a bullet, whatever the size.

  17. gb on Tue, 13th Nov 2012 8:33 am 

    I think zambia has an edge over RSA if we include the 1-0 win at the AFCON in 2006 courtesy of chris katongo goal. That has not been included here. What about the pre-AFCON 2012 1-1 draw? Was it a practice match?

  18. Mphatso on Tue, 13th Nov 2012 8:48 am 

    People shouldnt get so excited here. Matches between Zambia and South africa or Zimbabwe have always been very tough and competitive as every team want to be known as the power house of southern africa. Regardless of what players both teams use, its always hard to predict the final scores.

  19. Deus Wa Soccer on Tue, 13th Nov 2012 2:11 pm 

    Ati shibobo, whatever they call it. Doesnt make sense dancing on the ball. Get playing and growing. Can someone improve that SA wasted talent

  20. Kay Hummer on Wed, 14th Nov 2012 11:09 am 

    Christopher Katongo is right.The pressure is very much on SouthAfrica. They are extremely motivated to beat us and that will show immediately the game kicks offf. We are the African champions and have to show that on the field of play. A lot of our players have the experience of playing in SouthAfrica and would not be intimidated by the crowd in the soccer city stadium!!!

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