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THE Ministry of Sports Youth and Child Development says it is saddened by the death of a chipolopolo soccer fan who died in a road accident on Sunday on his way from Windhoek, Namibia where he and his friend had gone to cheer the chipolopolo as they played Namibia.

The soccer fan identified as Masi Lokwa Libakeni died when the car they were traveling in overturned.

Minister of Sports, Youth and Child Development Moses Mawere said that it is unfortunate that a life was lost after cheering the Chipolopolo who secured a 1-1 draw with Namibia in an away encounter.

Mawere noted that the government through the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and the Zambian embassy in Namibia was making arrangements to transport the body of the deceased to Zambia.

“It’s a very sad development and we just commit the family of the deceased in Gods strength. As Government through FAZ and the embassy in Namibia we have put up arrangements to transport the body of the deceased from Namibia back home,” Mawere said. And Mawere said Zambia’s next AfCON qualifier against Guinea Bissau is a must win for the chipolopolo to qualify for the crucial AfCON to be held in Cameroon.

Mawere said the team cannot afford to drop points as they are bottom in group K with only a point.

“As Guinea Bissau will be coming here on October 10, we expect nothing less than a victory because Namibia and Zambia are bottom on the group and Mozambique and Guinea Bissau are topping the group so we cannot afford to continue dropping points at this point. We need now to make sure that we beat Guinea Bissau as they come here and go to Guinea and deliver the way we did against Algeria.

“The composition of the team is good, we don’t have any hiccups’ so my appeal to the public is that lets give chance to the technical bench to do what they are supposed to do best,” Mawere said.

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