Janza knows what I can do, says Chamanga
James Chamanga says critics of his call-up to the national team have given him strength to be at his best at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Football fans have criticised Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza’s inclusion of the China-based striker in the team heading to the AfCON in Equatorial Guinea next month.
But Chamanga, 36 said concerns over his inclusion in the team had given him the impetus to do well at the AfCON.
“People that are crying for me not to be called to the national team are my fans, so for them to cry it’s advice for me to do well at this Nations Cup. They are advising me to say I need to be at my very best,” Chamanga said.
“When they see the real James, they will not complain. It’s a challenge for me to improve where I’m lacking.”
He said he was grateful Janza had noted that he brought more to the team than just his footballing skills.
Janza recently defended Chamanga’s call-up at the expense of other in-form players, saying the veteran striker was a team builder who had intrinsic qualities of uniting the team.
“If the coach said that (I am a team builder), I have to say thank you. He has come under a lot of pressure over my name. He defended me because of what he knows about me,” Chamanga said.
He said he would play his role as a senior player of encouraging the younger players to perform well at the AfCON.
Meanwhile, the team yesterday left in two groups for South Africa where they would be camped before playing a friendly with Bafana Bafana on January 4.
Copperbelt-based players led by TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba left for South Africa via Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport while those in Lusaka were scheduled to leave at 16:00 hours yesterday.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the team will be in South Africa until January 10 before returning to Zambia and heading to Equatorial Guinea on January 14.
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