Big Blow! : Fashion Sakala ruled of the U23 AFCON tournament
Zambia U23 national team has been handed a big blow after striker Fashion Sakala was ruled out of the rest of the ongoing U23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.
The KV Oostende winger suffered a knee injury on Tuesday following a collision with teammate Patson Daka in the early stages of their 3-1 bashing at the hands of defending Champions, Nigeria.
A disappointed Fashion told the ZamFoot Crew that it was not what he expected as he came with the intention of helping the team progress to the next round.
“You know how it was me and Patson Daka but looking at the time on the clock it was just two minutes so I decided to stay on until I could not fight anymore and the technical bench had no choice but to withdraw me because my body was not okay,” Fashion told the ZamFoot Crew.
“The injury has taken me out of this tournament, This is not what I expected, I really expected something better for my team . Leaving my country in this situation is the worst thing ever They really need me and I really wanted to help the team but I have no option am not okay.”
Zambia has one point to their name and is dependent on the result from the game involving South Africa and Nigeria even if they beat Ivory Coast but Fashion is confident they will pull through.
” I really believe in this team. Yesterday when they came to my room I told them that I believe in them and I know they can do it. I only wishing them the very best. This is a good team with quality players I know we can do it together. Everyone is ready to fight for the flag and country. I know they are ready to fight. I believe in this team I know they will do it.”
Zambia will square off with Ivory Coast tomorrow at the Cairo International Stadium while South Africa battle Nigeria at the Al-Salaam Stadium.
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