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Road to Tokyo 2020 – The Mwepu factor

The Zambia U23 national team will take on Congo Brazzaville on the 4th of September at the national heroes Stadium in the first leg of the 2019 Egypt U23 AFCON qualifier. The Beston Chambeshi tutored side beat Malawi home and away by a lone goal to set up a meeting with Brazzaville.

Teamwork will be key for the ‘Dream Team’ to qualify to the tournament but individual brilliance will just be as important.

Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu is the pillar of the team. For those that may not be aware let’s go back in memory and remember how the then U20 national team crumbled once he was injured against Italy and substituted.

The Redbull Salzburg man has always been an important figure for the team. During the U20 AFCON in 2017 which Zambia Won he scored just one goal but assisted four of the 13 goals just scored and was involved in the build-up of another two, Meaning he was involved in over half of the team’s goals.

At the World Cup, he scored two goals assisted one and was involved in the build of two more goals. He was again a vital part of the setup and once he got injured against Italy the team failed to cope without him and were subsequently eliminated from the tournament.

Zambia will host Congo Brazzaville on September 4th in the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifier to be staged at National Heroes Stadium at 18:00 hours. The return leg will be held four days later in Pointe Noire with the winner qualifying to the tournament.

Top three teams at the tournament will qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Tickets for the September 4 clash are already selling across Shoprite outlets via Computicket.



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4 Comments to Road to Tokyo 2020 – The Mwepu factor

  1. Kasama Boy says:

    Mwepu, just like all other players, is an important factor. Collectively, as a team they are all important. Singling and praising one may affect team spirit and morale.

    Look at Mangani Banda, whenever he saved they didn’t score, and whenever he failed to save, they scored.

    Look at Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala, they were our top strikers and when ever they missed we did not score. Whenever they hit the target they scored, and when they scored more than the opposition, we won.

    Look at the midfield, the blocked our opponents from progressing to attack our goal, and they fed our strikers to attack the opponents goal.

    The same can be said for all players in the team, so they are all equally important and vital to the team.

    • Nostra says:

      @Kasama Boys, that’s some hilarious analysis.
      I like you Zamfoot family.
      Make this website more commercial too, soccer is about money too.

    • Big Steve 4rm SA says:

      I have to give a hand clap to this post…… I also have never believed in this thing of singling out a player like this. He was a big factor but so were a lot of other players. Yes a game will have man of the match and a tournament will have a man of the tournament but to say that the whole team was on this particular players shoulders is a bit of a stretch.

      • Bsimms says:

        This team has abundant talent and support for whoever is playing to be effective in their quest to qualify the nation to Afcon, 2020. As a collective unit, they are stronger & better than Mwepu’s individual efforts.

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