Blog: Paul Katema – U20, a fair level to judge him
By Sly (ZamFoot Blogger)
A lot has been said about Red Arrows combative midfielder Paul Katema who was capped at senior level before he featured for the U23 at the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations with some comments suggesting he is a useless player – a thing that I didn’t want to admit, even now I do not agree to that.
From the time I saw him in league action I could see that in this youngstar Zambia could reap something different.
Perhaps If I could use another player to rate or grade him I would mention the likes of Keita, the former Mali and Barcelona midfielder.
Well, the only problem could have been the fact that he was hurried into representing Zambia at senior national level.
This did not go well with most of the fans because they thought there were better players to play his role in the Chipolopolo.
However, with the coach/coaches it was different. Their eyes definitely saw something different.
The future of the chipolopolo is what they possibly saw – I can’t express it in definite terms because it is an opinion.
It is within that context that I have always reserved my comments for the inclusion of Katema in the Chipolopolo.
This time around the platform to judge the boy will be fair. He will be playing against his peer.
It is only now that you can properly analyze him with a layman’s football eye.
In my view the boy is a good player. He only needs to be worked on a little bit. If I were to mention one area of work in his skills I would hastily mention control of the ball.
He wants to do it a little bit not closer but the opposite would do.
This aside, Zambia could see another player who is European bound.
ZamFoot Crew Note: Katema has climbed the tree from the top – his first national team appearance was for the senior Chipolopolo, then U23 and he will be a key player in the U20 team that will play at 2017 tournament.
The young energetic midfielder is a workaholic was been played as a box-to-box midfielder and has mainly been deployed at the senior level to add steel to the midfield owing to his ability to put an extra shift going up and down the midfield.
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