Mwanza gets thumbs down

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Chongo said that none of the defenders, including the Golden Arrows’ Billy Mwanza, deserved a place in the national team.

However, he left Abafana Bes’thende defender Joseph Musonda out of his equation.Chongo was expressing his displeasure at the quality of the defenders following Zambia 5-1 defeat at the hands of Cameroon.

Chongo’s partnership with Elijah Litana was voted the best central defence at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations when Zambia lost 2-1 to Nigeria in the final.

He said the current defenders were not even showing signs of improvement and that the amateurish marking of Zambian defenders in the match against Cameroon left much to be desired.

“Look at those defenders, they were at the last Africa Cup and now they make such mistakes, you can’t allow it,” he said.

Chongo observed that Zambian defenders Clive Hachilensa, Kennedy Nketani and Mwanza and Musonda wanted to outmark Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o in last Saturday’s match, but that they were shaky and were caught napping.

Chongo said it was time to change the entire defence as Zambia prepares for 2010 World Cup qualifiers kicking off at the end of May.

“Apart from Musonda, the rest of the defence should go. How can one defender miss the ball when going for the header, and then the other one fails to clear.”

Chongo, a former Mufulira Wanderers defender who also played in the Middle East, said enough chances had been given to the current defenders to prove their worth in the first team.