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The Frenchman is complaining about travel arrangements, saying it does not befit a reigning African champion, but officials want him to keep his cool

Zambia coach Herve Renard has accepted responsibility for the team’s surprise 2-0 defeat against Sudan in their 2014 World Cup qualifier over the weekend.

However, he said that if football authorities had listened to his advice to allow the Chipolopolo to travel with a chartered plane instead of a commercial flight from South Africa, the team would have had enough rest ahead of the game.

"It is not an excuse because I complained a lot about this before the game, so the responsibility of the loss is my responsibility because I am not a strong man in this country to get what I want," the Frenchman burst out in a post-match interview cited on the BBC.

“In football you have to be professional. We're not professionals; we're amateurs," he said. "I hate to work like this. I won't continue to work like this if people do not want to work with a professional like me."

Meanwhile, Zambia’s sports minister Chishimba Kambwili has chided the coach for using the wrong platform to channel his grievances.

"I am not too happy as minister and I will not tolerate it," Kambwili said. "It's very unprofessional for Herve Renard to go to the press before they table the aftermath report. He must learn to keep his cool."

Zambia’s second game is against Ghana on Saturday in a match seen as revenge for the Black Stars, after suffering a 1-0 defeat in the hands of the Copper Bullets during the semi-final of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.