Clifford Mulenga has apologised to Zambia coach Herve Renard and the country for his expulsion from the 2012 Africa Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Mulenga told MTNFotball.com that he deeply regretted breaking team rules on January 30 in Malabo when he went out drinking with four other players after Zambia’s 1-0 win over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea.
“I have no excuse for what I did. All I wanna do now is to say I’m sorry to the coach Herve Renard, his technical bench, FAZ, my teammates, my parents, my siblings, my wife and daughter, my friends, my family and my fans,” Mulenga said.
“Not forgetting the Zambian Government because my actions not only affected, hurt and disgraced the people directly involved but the Zambian nation at large.”
Mulenga, of South African Premiership club Bloemfontein Celtic, also asked for forgiveness from Renard, FAZ, his national teammates and the nation.
Renard expelled Mulenga on January 31 after the team had returned to Bata after securing their quarterfinal qualification.
The Frenchman later declared that Mulenga would never play for Zambia for as long as he remained Chipolopolo coach.
However, Renard spared Jonas Sakuwaha, Collins Mbesuma, Hichani Himoonde and Felix Katongo after reportedly showing remorse for their actions in Malabo.
“My behaviour was irresponsible, immature, disrespectful and an insult to the coach, the technical bench and my teammates,” Mulenga said.
“And lastly, I just want to congratulate the coach and the guys for their wonderful courage and effort they showed by winning the African Cup of Nations for the first time in our history. They are real champions and legends.”