Mwepu, Daka Join Chipolopolo Camp
England based Chipolopolo duo of Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu and Patson Daka has joined camp in Marrakech ahead of Friday’s Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mauritania.
Speaking to the FAZ media team in Marrakech, Mwepu, affectionately known as Computer said he was happy to be part of the squad that will face Mauritania in Nouakchott on Friday.
“I am really happy to be here, thank God that I travelled safely. It is always good to be part of the squad, it always gives me that joy knowing that I have some responsibility and some work to do. I am happy and looking forward to the game,” said the Brighton& Hove Albion midfielder.
“It is a very crucial game, we are starting our World Cup qualifiers, we know that we did not do well in the previous tournament, the Africa Cup qualifiers. We must bring ourselves together and try to do what we have do, try to focus and achieve something.”
Mwepu said the world cup is a dream for any footballer and he hoped to play a part in actualizing his and the nation’s dream.
“It has been my dream to try to qualify to the World Cup and take Zambia to the World Cup. This is the opportunity now; we are just starting to try to re-organize and see what we can achieve together as we play Mauritania in the first game. if we can pick up three points in an away game then we are sure that we have something to look forward to at the end of this tournament.”
He however expects a tight contest in Nouakchott on Friday.
“It is going to be a tight game, teams are really organized, so many things have improved in today’s football, so we expect a tight game,” he said.
On the possibility of playing the home match against Tunisia with Zambia graded in the red zone of Covid-19, Mwepu said the matter was beyond him and hoped the country could quickly improve its infection status globally.
“One thing I can plead is that if there is a way, we want to play back home against Tunisia, but because of the things that are going on around Covid-19 we are not allowed. It is a plea maybe to the President; I do not know how they can do it maybe through the Ministry of Health if they can improve on reducing cases in Zambia and put Zambia in green or umber countries so that we can play at home,” he said.
“We love playing at home, it can give us motivation playing at home, it is a plea to the president through the Ministry of Health to help move Zambia outside the red zone.”
The Chipolopolo play Mauritania in Nouakchott on Friday at the Olympic Stadium in an 18:00 CAT kick-off.
Zambia will host Tunisia in Ndola at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on September 7 in a Group B Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup match.
Chambeshi has named his final 22-member squad that comprises seven foreign based players.