By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka
Patrick Phiri is working under difficult circumstances
The Zambian government has given the Football
Association of Zambia (FAZ)$50,000 for
their Nations Cup against Tanzania.
Sports minister Gladys Nyirongo said the money was
meant for paying players allowances and other logistical needs.
She said government was responding to a FAZ request
for financial assistance.
Last week, FAZ submitted a request for $100,000, to
enable the association fly to Tanzania for
The Chipolopolo have already left for Tanzania, stopping en route in Kigali for two friendly games against Rwanda.
Zambia have four points - out of a possible six - from their first two matches in Nations Cup qualifying group three.
In contrast, Tanzania have lost both of their opening matches and were beaten 4-0 in a friendly in Kenya on Sunday.