Cosafa back Zambia to defend crown
The Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) believes reigning African champions Zambia can successfully defend the Africa Cup in 2013 and go on to become the first African team to win the World Cup.
The Southern African regional football governing body says Zambia has enough quality and ability to rule Africa again.
Cosafa is impressed with Zambia's administration standard, abundance of talents and general organization of the game in the country.
"The football we have been witnessing during these games (Cosafa U17/Zone Six) is fantastic. Overall, there's lots of advancement of the game in Zambia. There are marked improvements in the game everywhere," said visiting Cosafa Executive Committee member Timothy Shongwe.
Shongwe is in the country with the Cosafa delegation organizing the Under-17 Cosafa championship which is running in the framework of the regional Zone Six Games.
"On behalf of Cosafa, I would like to stress how proud we are of Zamia's win at the last Africa Cup finals. Our wish was that Zambia would have reigned for two years as champion. Nevertheless, we believe Zambia can go on and win the Afcon in South Africa again. They have a team with the ability and quality to do that and we strongly feel that after next year's Africa Cup, Chipolopolo will go to the world cup finals," said Shongwe.
"With the quality the team has and the talents in the squad and country, Zambia will be the first African team to win the world cup."
Football Association of Zambia Vice President Boniface Mwamelo commended Cosafa for its regional development agenda.
Said Mwamelo: "Its gratifying that you mention that we will be first to win World Cup. I'm sure that can happen in our time and looking at the qualification race for Brazil 2014, we stand a good chance of getting there and going all the way, maybe the semi finals, maybe winning it as well."