Fashion Sakala talks goal target, dream team, and links to Middle East clubs
Zambia national team forward Fashion Sakala has set his sights on scoring at least ten goals for his club KV Oostende this season.
The former Sensational Zanaco striker scored eight goals last season for the KustBoys but wants to better that tally this season.
“As an attacker, you mainly want to score goals. But that does not mean that I do not want my teammates goals. Makhtar was better placed than me at OH Leuven, so I gave him the ball. Ultimately, a win as a team is more important than my goals. But if I get the chance to kick, I will. As an attacker, you are also judged on your number of goals,” Sakala told the club’s official website.
In December Fashion had a short confrontation with teammate Makhtar Gueye on who should take a penalty in the 2-1 win over Gent. Sakala in the end took it but says nothing has stuck between the two as they are best buddies in training.
“I saw that question coming, but that mishap with Makhtar has been over for a long time. He is also an attacker and wants to score, but the most important thing is that we took the three points in that game. Nothing got stuck between us, we are the best buddies in training,” he said.
“And yet I’m still only 24 this year (laughs). But I have indeed made huge strides since arriving here. I want to constantly improve myself. I do this by training a lot and hard, listening to the advice of the trainers, but also by watching videos. Especially from my great idol Christiano Ronaldo.”
The showman has been at the center of interest from several clubs including some from the Middle East but he feels it’s not yet time to head that side. With his contract set to come to an end in July, Fashion has insisted that his focus remains playing for Oostende while revealing that his dream team to play for is Spanish giants Real Madrid.
“During the winter break, I suddenly received messages from KVO fans on social media asking whether the reports in the press were correct. It said that I had played my last game for KVO and that I left in January. But honestly, I don’t know about that interest. And if they would like to attract me in January, they still have to talk to KVO about a transfer fee. Anyway, I think I’m too young to go to the Middle East yet. The sporty still takes precedence over the financial. Anyway, never say ‘never’ in life,” he said.
“You can never say something like that in football. But it is no secret that I feel good in Ostend. I have a good relationship with the supporters and the employees, I love the city, … So I certainly do not rule out signing a new contract here. The talks are ongoing, we’ll see what comes out of the bus. In the meantime, I mainly focus on the game itself. A busy and defining month of January awaits us. At the end of the month, we know whether to look up or down. But with this group, I have every confidence that we will take the necessary points. ”
“Easy, Real Madrid (laughs bare teeth)! It is the largest club in the world and my great idol Christiano Ronaldo played there. That Sergio Ramos is responsible for the penalties there? Well, I would have a chat with him (laughs). No, all joking aside, my focus is now on KVO and we’ll see what happens next. Let us first beat Charleroi on Saturday, ” he added.
Oostende, who are tenth on the Belgian Jupiler Pro League table return to action this Saturday when they host 3rd placed Sporting Charleroi at the Diaz Arena in Oostende.
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