?> Its final, not even the president will make me come out of retirement - Chamanga | ZamFoot

Its final, not even the president will make me come out of retirement – Chamanga

Former Chipolopolo striker and Zambia Super League top scorer James Chamanga says he will not rescind his decision to retire for international football.

Reacting to calls for him to consider playing for Zambia in the upcoming encounters for Chipolopolo and the CHAN tournament to be played next year, the 40 year old Chamanga told ZNBC’s Kelvin Kasama that even if the head of state asked him to have one more run in national interest, he would not do it.

“Regardless of who calls… The reason is simple, I have given my part to Zambia football, I have done what is required of me. The time I played, we brought the nations cup, now we need to go to the World Cup,’ Chamanga siad.

“I am now 40, we have to be honest, the game has improved, there is a lot of speed, there is a lot that is required. I don’t want to give Zambia just one more year, let us find a young boy that will give Zambia 10 years. We are planning for the 2030, 2026 world cup. I can not play at those tournaments, so we need to groom the young ones. This is why I am saying I cant come back, if I go to CHAN, I will be taking the place of that young one who is supposed to gain experience at that tournament,” he added.

The Red Arrows striker topped the goal scorers chart in the just ended season with 16 goals.

When he played in the South African PSL, he won the golden boot in the 2007/2008 season when he scored 14 goals. That same year he moved to China where he played for 10 years until 2018.

He is a veteran of four Africa Cup of Nations Tournaments and boasts of having scored a goal at each of the finals he played in. He played at the 2006, 2008, 2010 and won gold at the 2012 tournament.

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