Zambia are still not in Ghana with a little over 24 hours for a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying clash against the Black Stars.
The Chipolopolo aborted their flight to Ghana Wednesday after their chartered aircraft failed to obtain landing permission at the domestic Kumasi Airport.
The 2012 Africa champions want to land in Kumasi directly and do not want to use Accra where Ghana’s only international airport is located.
The Black Stars face the copper-rich country on Friday in a group decider of which the winner will make it to the play-off stage of the qualifying series.
Team spokesperson Eric Mwansa said they are “disappointed” about the development but are waiting for the green light from Ghana FA and aviation officials about their quest to land directly at the Kumasi Airport which is not an international airport.
According to a Zambian news outfit Zamfoot, the Zambians have themselves to blame.
“The issue is not about Ghana aviation clearing our plane to land in Kumasi, they chartered a plane which was supposed to refuel in Congo DR but failed to get clearance for that to be done,” a Zamfoot source said.
“There are no mind games here, we were already informed in advance to say the Kumasi Airport does not operate at night, so the pilot could not be given clearance by Ghana aviation to fly from Zambia at that late hour when they wanted to depart.”
“Why did they even bring the team to Zambia when the Ministry had already released money to charter a plane? Do you know that the team was marooned at OR Tambo International Airport from about midday or somewhere there and they only boarded around 21:30hrs meaning they only arrived in the country around midnight.”