Thursday, July 25, 2024

Chipolopolo hopeful Olly Hesford talks, career, dream to represent Zambia and his Zambian roots

The naturalization of Frankie Chisenga Musonda has opened a door for players born outside to dream of playing for Chipolopolo.

While Chawama clinic-born Aime Mabika’s is still pending and yet to be cleared, some more players are showing interest to represent Zambia.

18-year-old, Olly Hesford, is the latest England-born player to openly come out and declare interest to play for the Copper Bullets.

Olly is the grandson of Steve Hesford, a former player for Warrington and Huddersfield who was born in Ndola in 1954.

According to article 37 of the Zambian constitution, Subject to clause (2), a person is entitled to apply to the Citizenship Board of Zambia to be registered as a citizen if that person has attained the age of eighteen years and— (b.) was born outside Zambia, has or had an ancestor who is, or was, a citizen and has been ordinarily resident in Zambia for at least five years.

The youngster started his career ten years ago and is on the books of the AFC Blackpool U-18.

“I joined AFC Blackpool U-18, 2 years ago when they started the youth team in the northwest youth alliance league, having previously attended trials with Altrincham and Chester, I am a striker who likes to hold to ball up and link up play creating chances for myself and other players,” Hesford told the ZamFoot Crew in an exclusive interview.

He had an impressive season with the Blackpool U-18s helping them to win the England North West Youth Alliance League and the President’s Cup.

The Lanky forward netted 25 goals in 22 games and was the club’s top goalscorer and the third highest in the League.

“This season was one of my best seasons, being top goal scorer for the club and 3rd top goal scorer in the league with 25 goals in 22 games. It was a good season, we started very fast being unbeaten until February when we endured a rough patch, getting 2 draws and a loss, but bounced back and stayed unbeaten to win the league, we also won the league cup,” he said.

“There were some very good teams playing in the league with us but in the tough games we showed the character and hard work to come out winners overall.”

Blackpool U-18 also went on to reach the 1st round of the FA Youth Cup beating Wrexham on the route and falling short to Harrogate in Round 1.

“My grandfather lived there for 16 years, and my great grandfather was a teacher in Zambia having played in the first division for Huddersfield in England,” he said.

“I follow quite a few Zambian players, Enock Mwepu, Patson Daka playing for Brighton and Leicester respectively its good being able to watch them, and Fashion Sakala too, being a key player for Rangers in their run to the final.”

Olly told the ZamFoot Crew that after discovering his Zambian connection it has become his dream to represent Zambia.

“I want to play for Zambia because ever since I discovered my eligibility it’s just become a dream, and I want to help improve the team and hopefully give the Zambian fans something to look forward to,” he said.

Ultimately, the coaches at U-20, U-23, and the senior national team have to be impressed by him and then the Citizenship Board of Zambia has to approve his citizenship before his dream can be a reality.

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    • Let the authorities do the needful quickly. We need a blend of players if we are to create an aggressive impact on the pitch again.

  1. This is what we need in zambia for our football to improve ,see how the teams in west Africa countries are doing they are bering all their foreign players to come and play for their countries .this is a welcoming move no need to waste time let this kids come .they are young

  2. Let him come please we want to bring back the old glory in our national team. I love 💕 ZAMBIA 🇿🇲🇿🇲 my country I love CHIPOLOPOLO 👊👊

  3. This is what we want let the boy come and play for mother Zambia.look at South Africa they have whites in there national team the boy can add value look at the way Musonda Frankie is doing at the backline of our squard He even coaches whilest playing, let us get all those who have a Zambian connection and playing in a Diaspora come and play for Chipolopolo and Zambia.

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