Lower your expectations just a bit, Fashion needs time
Fashion Sakala was one of the most exciting talents both at the U20 AFCON and World cup tournaments and hence the fans expect the same at the senior level. No one can blame the fans, I mean it seems just reasonable that one their favourite players from the team that brought so much hope hope, More like awaken the sleeping giant in Zambian football fans, Should also shine at National team level.
Well, Senior National team and U20 are two different levels and it will take time for him to fit in due to alot of reasons. Their is the Enock Mwepu who seems to have fit in just perfectly well he is an exception and for Mwepu hee has been helped by the fact that Kondwani Mtonga in the middle of tHe pitch is doing alot of the dirty giving the ‘Computer’ room to thrive.
After assessing the situation I have come up with factors that have not worked in favour of the talented winger this far.
EXPECTIONS ARE TOO HIGH
Soccer fans will always expect alot out of their players . Even when the odds are against a team fans will expect them to pull out a miracle, Unfair right? well that’s how cruel the beautiful game is. The fans expect a show from ‘ The Show man’, their star.
Prior to his debut he was quoted in an interview to have asked fans to not expect alot from him as he could disappoint them, Meaning he also knew just how high the expections where but then again it comes with the high bar he set for himself. The fans expect him to keep doing better than he has been doing, somewhat a far fetched notion.
NEW TEAM MATES, YET TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER WELL
The major reason why the U20 performed as well as they did is the time they spent together as a team jelling and understanding each other. The U20 become more of a family which takes time to build. He seems to be one of those who take a bit of time to settle but once they do they explode. The coach should keep calling him and let give him chance to jell properly with his new team mates because once he settles he can be a valuable asset to the team and to the Qatar 2022 Project.
NOT HAVING ENOUGH OF THE BALL
Sakala depends on having alot of the ball to play his game, which has not happened in the previous two games. Our midfield has not fed him enough of the ball for him to have his normal game.
THROWN IN THE DEEP END
He made his debut against Algeria at Heroes Stadium and everyone can admit that the match is big as they come. The coach After the match said
” The boys did very well, We threw them in the deep end and they swam,”. It was a big match and probably the biggest of his life.
Fashion is one of those players who wants to always perform when on the pitch and thats what should happen in an ideal world but this is football. Even the best of players fail to perform at one point and it’s just normal. He puts too much pressure on himself to make sure he performs which at times may work against him.
Fashion remains a very talented an valuable player who just needs time to get his act together and get back to making headlines on the pitch. It will happen and it may be sooner than we expect.
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