Thursday, June 13, 2024

Put the team ahead of personal interest- Daka tells U20 National team

Zambia National team striker Patson Daka has advised the Zambia U20 National team to put the teams interest first in the coming COSAFA U20 Championships. Daka is however confident of the teams capabilities and believes they will make the nation proud.

” Well I would like to advise to be mentally and physically prepared in such a tournament of which am sure the technical team has already done. Every player should first put the teams glory ahead of personal glory and the rest will come in, They all have to be team players with unity and love, ” Daka told in an exclusive interview.

” It’s not going to be easy for them because everyone now wants to beat Zambia but that shouldn’t bring pressure on them but they should take it as motivation to put in even more hard work and not succumb to pressure. They should just enjoy the games. I’m very positive and confident that they will make the nation proud, it all starts small then it becomes big, the Bible says “though our beginning may be small but our later days shall be great” . They have our full support and wishing them success,” he added.

Daka was part of coach Beston Chambeshi’s COSAFA U20 Championships winning squad an experience the Liefering hit man says was an incredible motivating factor and morale booster.

” Participating in the cosafa tournament was a very good platform for me to gain more experience and confidence. Being crowned as Southern Africa champions was an incredible motivation and morale booster for the other assignment ahead which was the U20 afcon. We had set targets as a team and I can say we achieved 90% of them,” Daka said.

Zambia will begin their title defence on Wednesday, December 6th against Uganda at Arthur Davies stadium.

The group stage will be completed on December 12, followed by a rest day, with the semifinals to be staged at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 14.

The third-place play-off and the final will move to the Levy Mwanawasa in Ndola on December 16.


Group A

Group B
South Africa

Group C


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  1. Give that advise to Fashion Sakala, as well, the reason everything doesn’t seem to fall in place for him is pressure for his personal glory thus is currently the the most selfish member of the current squared. I don’t hurt Fashion except I don’t like his selfishness. Look at that you gave to Brian Mwila, if Fashion was in your position that moment, he would have tried to shoot him self. Advise your friend too

    • @90 100% on point, since zamfoot do have exclusive interviews with players, admin should be picking some views from fans on this site ask the players to considers these views like your advise to patson. Zamfoot we appreciate your listening ear please expand your exclusive interviews with players and consider opinions on this blog to fire the players .

    • @90Minutes,
      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. Before I could even finish reading the article, I was thinking to myself, “if there’s one guy in the world who needs that advice directed at him, it’s Fashion Sakala!”
      The guy is still hang-over the post U20 wave, someone needs to ask him to come back down to earth. Way too selfish. Soon all we soccer fans that cheered for him at U-20 will start to shout for Evans Kangwa to replace Fashion

    • If Zambia can play like the Under-20 team, bombing forward together and defending in numbers until they won the AFCON, we would not be complaining about 1 or 2 chances going to waste because one player or two two players took their chance. When you create much its just wonderful to watch. But goals and assists count for a players value. All these boys must be as humble as possible, they should be well managed, especially Fashion Sakala. Just checked kalu’s statute was brough down read:

  2. Zambia keen on recruiting Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda – Nyirenda

    Charly Musonda of Chelsea Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

    Wedson Nyirenda is eager to add Belgium-born Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda to his Zambia squad as he looks to build a formidable unit ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Nyirenda has overseen an impressive transformation for the national side since taking charge back in September, and has discarded some of the squad’s elder statesmen in favour of the country’s next generation of stars.

    The bold move has sparked a startling revival in fortunes for Chipolopolo, who finished a credible second in a tough Group B of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – ahead of both Cameroon and Algeria.

    Now, with an eye on the Nations Cup in Cameroon, Nyirenda is convinced that the addition of Belgium U-21 international Musonda would further boost his fledgling outfit.

    “That boy is highly talented, he is a great star,” Nyirenda told KweséESPN. “I think he can fit in our philosophy.

    “He is a marvellous player and if we can get him then yes, he will be a vital part of the team.”

    However, Zambia already attempted to lure Musonda in 2016, and the coach has acknowledged the challenges that have accompanied his attempts to recruit this precocious talent.

    “We have conflicting reports over the issue of his nationality, because yes, his parents are from here but the boys were born in Belgium,” Nyirenda continued.

    “When you are reading some European texts they refer to him as Belgian U21 international, so it has been a little bit tricky for us to just say ‘here we are’.”

    Zambia’s recent successes under Nyirenda include back-to-back victories over North African giants Algeria in September, while they also ran Nigeria close before eventually losing 1-0 in Kano.

    Former U-20 stars Enoch Mwepu, Fashion Sakala and Patson Daka have made a seamless transition to the senior team, and while other former youth internationals such Emmanuel Banda and Edward Chilufya are waiting in the wings.

    Musonda, who made 24 La Liga appearances while on loan with Real Betis over the last two seasons, would be a valuable addition to this talented collective.

    He’s played twice for Chelsea in the Premier League this term – both times as a substitute – and scored his first goal for Chelsea in a Carabao Cup third-round clash against Nottingham Forest in September, earning some measured praise from coach Antonio Conte.

    “He’s a talented player and he has to continue in this way and when there is the opportunity to help us he must do this,” the Italian coach told journalists, as per the Metro.

  3. Kikikikiki not a Zambian story over the statute . Yaba ine dead, I was wondering that which part of town center? Mwamona Ba Zamfoot, not story for today nififine . kikikik

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