Daka Confident Chipolopolo Will Thrive In His Absence
Chipolopolo striker Patson Daka says he is sad that he will miss Tuesday’s Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Tunisia but confident that the team will be equal to the task.
Speaking to the FAZ Media Team in Nouakchott before departure for his base in England, Daka said it was always doubtful that he would be part of Tunisia match following a pronouncement from the Premier League that they would not exempt players from 10-day quarantine if they travelled to Covid-19 red zones.
Zambia is listed among the red zones in the Covid-19 global health listings and anybody who travels to the United Kingdom from Zambia must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
“I think we have talked a lot with the guys, and we all knew we were not going to be part of the team to play Tunisia in Zambia, so everyone was ready,” said the Leicester City striker.
“We all knew that we had to utilize this game (Mauritania) so that we make sure that we had a platform to give the guys as they go to play at home.”
He added: “But it is a very sad feeling for me and Enock (Mwepu) because we won’t be part of this amazing group but at the end of the day we know the team is bigger than the players.”
“We have got a lot of quality players, no one is better than the other in this team that is what is very important.”
“We treat each other equally and we know anyone can deliver at any given time so we believe in the guys who have remained they will do the required job and they have our support.”
Daka has urged the fans to rally behind the team as they chase for world cup qualification.
“We say they should continue to believe and supporting us, they are the ones who keep us going we appreciate their support,” he said.
“It gives us a lot of confidence and we just pray that everything works out next week as we play Tunisia and that this journey that we have begun will continue to be great as we are hoping for world cup qualification.”
Daka and Mwepu have left for their bases in England after helping Zambia to a 2-1 away win in Mauritania.
The Chipolopolo host Tunisia on Tuesday in Ndola at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in a 15:00 hours kick-off.