PRESIDENT’S CORNER: The Daka, Fashion and Mwepu European Odyssey
What a week we have had with plenty of action on and off the pitch. In Europe, our boys that have broken new grounds have been making the right noise as they settle in their new environs. It may still be early days to make any wild pronouncements, but we are extremely happy with what we are seeing so far in Scotland where Fashion Sakala who is on the books of giants Glasgow Rangers, coached by the legendary Stephen Gerrard is settling in admirably well. We saw flashes of what we already know with that goal against Real Madrid announcing his arrival at Ibrox. Just across in England, Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka have also joined their clubs for pre-season at Brighton and Leicester where they have seamlessly blended in. By now everyone knows how they are faring, and our hope is that they keep pushing to break new grounds. It is by having more players in top European leagues that we can have greater chances of taking our national team to the World Cup which remains an elusive target.
Currently, we are yet to make a lasting footprint in the top European leagues to open doors for more talents to showcase their talent. The success of our current crop of players on European soil will inspire many others to dream of making it in the top leagues. We are proud of what our boys in Sweden, Russia, Poland, and Austria among others are doing. Our prayer is that some of our best talents plying their trade domestically and on the African continent can step up and make a move into top world leagues a realistic target.
We believe that once the World Cup qualifiers kick off on September 1, 2021 we can count on the form of some of our top players.
Finally, a warm welcome back home for the Copper Queens. Your Olympic story has been well covered, and we now must look forward to Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and FIFA World Cup qualifiers. We have no doubt that some of our women’s national team players will be snapped up by foreign clubs.
Have a pleasant week and remember to observe all the Covid-19 guidelines.