Benson Chali talks U23 national team experience
Forest Rangers Football Club, Zambia Under-23 national team representative Benson Chali returned on Monday 18th November 2019 from Egypt where he was part of the coach Beston Chambeshi’s squad that failed to qualify for the Olympics.
The midfielder comes defender resumed training with his teammates on Tuesday in readiness for Saturday’s away game against Mufulira Wanderers. Speaking to Forest Rangers Media Team Chali expressed happiness with his experience at the U23 AFCON despite the poor outing.
“It was good to be part of the U-23 team in the AFCON 2019 Championship and I thank God for that. It’s an achievement to be called to represent your country and that’s something every footballer should be proud of in their career,” he said.
Benson Chali has represented Zambia from all Lower levels U-17, U-20 COSAFA and now U-23 AFCON. The Forest Rangers defender believes he is a blessed kid and feels the right attitude has helped him be recognized at all levels.
” I am so blessed to have been called on national duty in all 3 stages of my career. Being part of the team has taught me to be prayerful because all my fellow teammates always put God first (Bola Na Lesa),” he said.
“The Under-23 Camp has also taught me team-work but most of all I have learned how to be very understanding because we play at different clubs with different Players and only meet once in a while. To get the best results requires understanding not only from the coaches but us as players too. I Enjoyed all moments at the tournament even if we dint qualify as a team.”
The Zambia U23 national team was booted out of the AFCON tournament following a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast which summed up a rather unimpressive showing in Egypt with only a point to their name after three matches.
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