Cholera Outbreak Forces Zambian Government To Suspend Travel Activities

The Zambian Government has placed a temporary suspension on issuance of passports and national identity cards in Lusaka, the country’s capital following an outbreak of cholera.

Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo said the suspension was necessitated by the escalating cases of cholera in the city and to aid the government’s ban on public gatherings in some parts of the city.

He said the issuing office would only attend to emergency travels.

“There is no need to panic as this will be temporal to allow for efforts to prevent the spread of cholera,’’ he told reporters during a news briefing.

The cholera outbreak which mainly affected Lusaka since Oct. 2017 has prompted the government to ban public gathering as well as defer opening of schools.

According to figures from the health ministry, cholera cases in Zambia have surpassed 2,800, while the death toll presently stands at 64.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu expressed optimism that the measures put in place by the government to contain the water-borne disease were adequate but highlighted the need to clean up cities to improve hygiene.


Zambian Government Declares Curfew In Lusaka Township

The Zambian Government has declared a curfew in a Kanyama township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya while speaking to reporters said the curfew in Kanyama, a densely populated slum of iron-roofed shacks and winding dirt tracks, is to begin on Sunday and will run from between 1800 and 0600.

The township has a population of 370,000 people. Street vending and public gatherings have been banned in Lusaka to prevent the spread of cholera but the residents of Kanyama have been defying this order in the evenings after soldiers deployed to clean the streets have left.

“Kanyama has recorded the highest number of fatalities because of the poor compliance with interventions that have been put in place,” Chilufya said.

The cholera outbreak was initially linked to contaminated water from shallow wells, but investigations indicated that contaminated food was the main culprit.

Zambia on Thursday shut three of South African retailer Shoprite’s Hungry Lion fast-food restaurants after their food tested positive for the bacterium that causes cholera.

Hungry Lion said on Saturday that the restaurants had been closed for disinfection and it hoped that the government would soon allow them to reopen.

President Edgar Lungu on Dec. 30 directed the military to help to fight the spread of the waterborne disease.


FIFA, CAF Investigate Nigeria, Zambia 2018 World Cup Qualifier

FIFA and Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have launched an investigation into the behaviour of the Copper Bullets fans during Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia on Saturday evening, reports

Photographs show the Zambia fans displaying a banner,’H.E. E.C. LUNGU GOD BLESS YOU’ in the stands at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, in support of ‘unpopular’ Zambian president, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

FIFA does not allow political messages during games, which means that Zambia could be fined by football’s governing body as a result at the end of the inquiry.

“However, keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across FIFA’s 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited.

“In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else,’’ chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Claudio Sulser was quoted as saying by Zambian Observer.

It is claimed that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) were not aware of the behaviour of the Zambian fans in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Alex Iwobi was the only player he introduced against Zambia ‎in a bid to change tactics in the 1-0 win.

Rohr, who made two other substitutions, admitted the other changes were made due to injuries to the players who started the game, but that of Iwobi was planned before the game.

Iwobi who scored the winning goal for Nigeria replaced Moses Simon, and according to Rohr, he was lucky to have tucked home the winner 16 minutes from full time.

Rohr said, “Onazi had an injury. He started the game very well. He had an injury, which looks like a hamstring. It’s not easy as we had to make two changes due to injuries and only one tactical change but they did well.

“We were very lucky that the player (Iwobi) who came in ‎got the goal for us. But I believe starting with Simon Moses and bringing in Alex Iwobi when he was brought on was not so easy for us… but we knew he could make the difference.”



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BREAKING: Nigeria Clinch 2018 World Cup Spot With 1:0 Win Over Zambia

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup as the first African Team.


The African giants qualified on Saturday evening after defeating visitors Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.


Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi scored the goal for the Super Eagles in the 73rd minute of the keenly contested encounter.


With the result, the Super Eagles are not mandated to win their last game against Algeria on the 6th of November in the North African Nation as it is now a dead rubber.


The Super Eagles qualified with 13 points from Group B with Zambia having 7 points, Cameroon with 6 and Algeria bottom with 1 point

Nigeria Face Epic Zambia Test

Nigeria will look to take a decisive step toward qualifying for the 2018 World Cup when they host Zambia in Uyo on Saturday evening. The Group B match will be held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, kick-off at 6 pm CAT.

The equation is very simple for Nigeria: they come into the game with a three-point lead over Zambia at the top of the standings and know that a win will mathematically secure their place at the global showpiece in Russia next year.

A draw will leave them three points clear with one match to play and a much better goal difference, but wouldn’t quite button down their World Cup spot just yet.

As for Zambia, a win is their only realistic chance of reviving their World Cup hopes. If the Southern Africans can get the better of the Super Eagles in Uyo, it would leave the teams level on points heading into the final round of matches in November.

It all seems set up for a glorious home win for Nigeria, who would love nothing more than to seal a sixth World Cup appearance in front of their fans, having already outplayed Algeria and Cameroon at the same venue.

Yet German coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia will pose a stern threat and has warned his team not to underestimate Chipolopolo.

“I can’t predict the scoreline against Zambia because it would not be an easy match,” Rohr told CAF’s official website

“Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team. I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference.

“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side, much better than the team we played last October, but we are not afraid.

“We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating Zambia; they have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them.”

Following their impressive back-to-back wins over Algeria in the previous international window, Zambia head to Nigeria with a quiet confidence that they can upset the West African giants – especially if they are mentally strong.

“This game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” coach Wedson Nyirenda told the FAZ website.

“Every player and everyone on our bench knows and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out.

“Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done.

“Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be big-headed because we beat Algeria we are focused on looking at Nigeria only.”

The teams have met 18 times according to Fifa’s statistics database, with Nigeria claiming seven wins compared to five for Chipolopolo. Their last meeting was in October last year in Ndola, where the Super Eagles claimed a 2-1 away victory.

The other Group B match between already eliminated sides Cameroon and Algeria will be played simultaneously at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.



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“We Wont Disappoint Zambia” Says Daniel Akpeyi

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has assured the side will secure the desired result against the Zambian counterparts, Chipolopolo.

The Eagles are hosts of the Southern Africans in Saturday’s Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Akpeyi said the Zambian side’s boastfulness and tough-talking heading into the crucial qualifying clash will count for nothing when the two sides square up for the all-important three points on Saturday.

“Nigerians should relax, we are determined to get the desired result against Zambia.

“Of course, the desired result is nothing short of the three points at stake that will cement World Cup qualification for us.

“For us, the catchword is ‘Zambia must fall’ and this is not to assume that the clash will be easy.

“The clash will be tough as Zambia is certain to throw in everything into the game to chance a win.

“A win will give them a hope for qualification while on our part we just have one chance to secure passage to Russia.”

Akpeyi said the goalkeeping department is in perfect hands.

“I believe each of us (Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and myself) is good to go irrespective of the individual rating, we just hope every other department will come to the party.

“Whichever one of us is asked to man the post will do a good job so there is complete calmness in that area,” said the former Warri Wolves goaltender.

Nigeria leads the pack in Group B with 10 points, three ahead of the closest challengers and opponents, Zambia.

A win will be good enough to secure the sole ticket for Nigeria, thereby making the last clash against North African side Algeria a mere academic exercise.

Zambia Prepping For Show Down With Eagles In UYO

Zambia is looking for the opportunity to beat Nigeria to Group B’s Russia 2018 World Cup ticket. The Chipolopolo, who lost 1-2 to the Super Eagles in the first game of the qualifiers at home in Ndola, must beat Nigeria in Uyo to stand a chance of stealing the ticket from the group leaders.

Super Eagles are on 10 points from four games, while Zambia has seven points from the same number of games with two matches left in the qualifying series.

A win for Zambia in Uyo will bring them at par with Nigeria, but they will still be second on goal difference. However, the Zambians believe they can beat Cameroon in their last group game while hoping the Eagles will stumble in Algiers, where Nigeria will play their last game against Algeria.

To ensure they kept their chances alive, the Zambians yesterday began the first phase of preparations for the October 7 clash in Uyo with the notification to the players they need for the encounter.

In the list released by Coach Wedson Nyirenda, yesterday are the bulk of the squad that beat Algeria home and away in the last qualifying rounds early this month.




Zambia To Camp In Ghana For Eagles Clash

Nigeria’s main challenger for a spot at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Zambia has decided to camp in Ghana to prepare for next month’s crunch Group B qualifier against the Super Eagles, reports

The Chipolopolo will spend a week in the West African nation to acclimatise ahead of the must-win game. According to Zambia’s itinerary, the CHAN and COSAFA team will head to Spain for a two-week intensive training before the foreign-based players link up with the rest of the squad in Ghana to finalise preparations.

“So we will send them to Europe for two weeks. The players who have been playing COSAFA and CHAN will go first and then their colleagues will join them, then we will move into Ghana for a week then go into Nigeria and fight to win because we believe we have a chance to go to the World Cup,” FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said.

The Super Eagles lead Group B with 10 points and would need an outright win to confirm their third straight World Cup qualification, while Zambia needs a win in Uyo to tie with Nigeria on 10 points to take the group down to the wire.

Kamanga says October’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria is a must win the match to ensure their qualification for the 2018 tournament in Russia.The Super Eagles, who are undefeated in four matches in the qualifiers, are being tipped by many pundits to take care of business and qualify for their sixth World Cup, but Kamanga is brimming with confidence after the Chipolopolo did the double over Algeria.

“We are putting in every effort to make sure that this team is adequately prepared as we face Nigeria, which for me is the do or die game as whoever wins that game will be assured of going to Russia 2018,” Kamanga told

“But most interestingly in this group, we are the only ones who have never been to the World Cup, but with the favour, we continue to draw on we should be able to qualify, come November because we have the advantage of playing Cameroun in the final round.”

Gernot Admit Zambia ‘A Hard Nut To Crack’ For The Eagles

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia would be a hard nut to crack when they confront Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo October 7. But Zambian FA President, Andrew Kamanga believes it is a match his country can win.

Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, the Eagles manager disclosed that the Zambian national team, which is made up of young players, would fight against all odds to bring down the Super Eagles at home.

He noted that his mission at this moment is to work hard to raise a formidable squad that will qualify Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup, saying that the same spirit used by the team to fly over the Indomitable Lions would also be introduced to the young Zambia team.

Rohr admitted that Zambia’s recent outstanding performances against Algeria have given the team the courage to come to Nigeria with a mindset to spoil the Eagles’ World Cup qualification bid.

He assured that the Super Eagles technical crew would ensure that Nigeria got the World Cup ticket.

The coach, who described the Nigerian league and quality of players in the NPFL as growing gradually when compared to the standard of leagues in smaller African countries, said the country’s best players are playing in Europe where they have the best structures put in place.

He commended Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa for his impressive performance against Cameroun, adding that the FC IfeanyiUbah star would get more opportunities to prove his worth.

“We will not rest on our oars to ensure the Eagles win the game against Zambia. Getting the World Cup ticket is in our hands and the team would not lose focus.

“Nigeria has talented players, but I think the best of the players are in Europe because of the structures in place over there.

“On the case of Enyeama, I want to say that he is welcome to the Eagles any time he wants. Every Nigerian player playing regularly for a good club would be welcome to the Eagles, but I will not accept any player, who wants to dictate his role in the area or position to play.

“Carl Ikeme is recovering well and the team believes he will be ready if the Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup,” he said.

Meanwhile, president of the Zambian FA, Andrew Kamanga has stated that the October’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria is a must win the match to ensure their qualification for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The Super Eagles, who are undefeated in four matches in the qualifiers, are being tipped by many pundits to take care of business and qualify for their sixth World Cup, but Kamanga is brimming with confidence after the Chipolopolo did the double over Algeria.

“We are putting in every effort to make sure that this team is adequately prepared as we face Nigeria, which for me is the do or die game as whoever wins that game will be assured of going to Russia 2018,” Kamanga told

“But most interestingly in this group, we are the only ones who have never been to the World Cup, but with the favour, we continue to draw on we should be able to qualify, come November because we have the advantage of playing Cameroun in the final round.”

The Zambian team may camp in Europe before their trip to Nigeria for the World Cup qualifier.


Zambia Opposes Condoms Distribution in Schools

The Zambian government said it is opposed to plans by some civil society organisations to distribute condoms in secondary schools, as a way of tackling unwanted pregnancies.

This follows reports in some local media that some civil society organisations involved in reproductive health, plan to start distributing condoms and contraceptives to pupils in secondary schools to curb teenage pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Minister of Religious Affairs and National Guidance Godfridah Sumaili said the government is opposed to the distribution of condoms in schools because it is currently battling the problems of early marriages and teen pregnancies.

She told reporters that organisations planning to distribute condoms in schools will not have government support because doing so would be encouraging children to engage in immorality and sex before marriage.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been clear about the importance of upholding morals in the country and this was highlighted during his recent address to lawmakers when he called for stakeholders to take leading roles in inculcating high standards of morals in young people.

Stakeholders have since condemned plans to distribute condoms in schools as this may erode morality of pupils.

The Basic Education Teachers of Zambia (BETUZ), one of the teacher unions in the country, said distribution of condoms in schools amounted to indirectly encouraging sexual indulgences among pupils.

Kakunta Kabika, the union’s spokesperson said it is unfortunate that the country’s cultural values were being diluted by modern trends being championed by some civil society groupings.

The distribution of condoms and contraceptives in schools will only arouse indecent curiosity among pupils and lead them into practicing sex, he added.

According to him, instead of distributing condoms and contraceptives to pupils, the organizations should come up with more decent ways of teaching teenagers about sexuality and dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.

The views have also been supported by the National AIDS Council (NAC), a government agency that coordinates HIV/AIDS programs in the country, which believes young people should be equipped with knowledge and behavioral change instead of giving them condoms.

The organization said there is need to promote behavioral change among young people through sensitization programs on sexual reproductive health.

The promotion of comprehensive sexuality education to schools will empower adolescents to be aware of the dangers of indulging in sex.

Some parents in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, have also expressed shock that some organisations would be contemplating the idea of distributing condoms in schools, saying it was a recipe for increased sexual immorality.

“This is unheard of and whoever wants to do this should think twice because it will destroy our children. There are certain things that children are not supposed to be exposed to,” Jane Banda, a 40-year-old civilian said.

Stewart Lungu, a 39-year-old teacher said introducing condoms in schools is not the best solution to tackle teen pregnancies or fight sexually transmitted diseases.

Zambia has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in sub-Saharan Africa with 1.2 million people currently living with the HIV, according to health authorities.

The government has rolled out a number of programmes to tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS, among them the distribution of condoms.

According to figures, unprotected heterosexual sex drives the country’s HIV epidemic, with about 90 percent of new infections recorded as a result of not using a condom.


Zambian Police Declare Newspaper Editor Wanted

The law enforcement agents instead arrested the wife of Fred M’membe, editor-in-chief of The Post newspaper, which was closed down in June.

Witnesses said M’membe’s wife Mutinta was roughed up, and that journalist Joan Chirwa was prevented from leaving the house during the raid on Wednesday.

The local media said more police arrived at the house.

The raid followed moves by M’membe to challenge in court the liquidation of the assets of The Post, which was closed down on grounds that it had more than 4 million dollars in tax arrears.

The newspaper has had no activity since Nov. 2, 2016 when it was placed under liquidation.

Police sources said police had arrest warrants for M’membe and his lawyer.

The charges say M’membe cannot take court action concerning the newspaper, because it is under liquidation.

“Police also tried to prevent the printing of The Mast, a newspaper launched by M’membe’s wife, but it was nevertheless on sale on the streets on Thursday morning,’’ witnesses said.

It said that The Post had written critically about the government of President Edgar Lungu.

Amnesty International has accused the government of trying to silence critical media.