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Goal.com spoke with Zambian Football Association president Kalusha Bwalya, a few days after Zambia were knocked out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Zambian Football Association president Kalusha Bwalya has expressed disappointment at his national team’s exit in the tournament.

Bwalya told Goal.com that they took their failure to qualify for the quarterfinals as professionals, and that no one is to blame.

“It is disappointing to be knocked out of the tournament like that, because we are the defending champions, but this is football and no one is to blame for our disappointing display,” said Bwalya.

Bwalya, a former Copper Bullet himself, brushed off any possibility of Herve Renard losing his job as the national team coach, and assured Zambians that the coach will not be sacked.

“Yes, we are all disappointed that we are out of the tournament, but I can assure all the Zambian fans that the coach is not going anywhere,” he said.

“We are top of the log in our 2014 World Cup qualifier group and there is no need to fire the coach at this stage. We have a long term plan and Herve (Renard) is still part of that plan,” said Kalusha Bwalya.

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