Mwepu’s dream debut, U20 stars out to impress
On 12th March 2017, Zambia won it’s first ever continental trophy at U20 level.The key players of that glorious team include Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu.
On Saturday, the trio played in Zambia’s World cup qualifier against Algeria with two starting the match in Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala while Enock Mwepu came on as a second half substitute.
Prior to their inclusion into the squad the country was torn between letting them develop gradually by going to U23 first and taking them straight to the senior national team. With that background the boys had no room for error once included in the squad.
Coming to the actual match the players put in a decent shift. Their display on the day even attracted applauds from the coach Wedson Nyirenda.
” Fantastic. We threw them in the deep ends of the water and they swam,” said Nyirenda
Enock Mwepu was the stand out player of the three.He came on for Chisamba Lungu, a seasoned campaigner for Chipolopolo and brought life to Zambia’s midfield after the sending off of Fashion Sakala. He had what you can term as a dream debut.
Mwepu was calm and composed, bullying his way around the midfield and scored a very beautiful goal to seal all three points for Chipolopolo.
Mwepu’s team mate at FC Liefering Patson Daka also had a very good game running at defenders chasing for loose balls and basically making the Algerian defence work through out the match.
Despite being sent to an early shower Fashion Sakala made some good runs in the time he was part of the action. The coach was not disappointed by the card and hailed the players performance.
“It is football and it happens . The boy did what he could do for us and had a very good game,” said Nyirenda
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