FAZ PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Zambian Foreign Story Harbinger of Glory Times Ahead

Dear football family, we are interacting on the back of another exciting football weekend. At the risk of being monotonous, it was yet another inspiring performance from the legion of Zambian players plying their trade in foreign leagues. Most encouragingly, even some of the players on the local front that we are banking on for national duty have shown great form from the few weeks of the FAZ league action. However, the shine this weekend belongs to Scotland based Fashion Sakala who is on the books of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. Sakala bagged a record hat-trick that adds to the growing milestones of Zambian players in Europe. Sakala’s hat-trick comes on the back of Patson Daka’s haul in the UEFA Europa league against Spartak Moscow.

The Zambian scorecard this weekend had Emmanuel Banda, Evans Kangwa and Enock Mwepu stealing the headlines in Sweden, Russia and England respectively adding up to the fast-growing Zambian story in global football. Mwepu’s goal against Liverpool was his debut in the English premiership that came on the back of another in the Carabao Cup. Other Zambian players in foreign leagues had their now traditional impressive shows that render credence to our projection that our team is ripe for challenging for glory on the continent and beyond. We cannot over emphasize the point that the more our players in major foreign and domestic leagues get more competitive action the stronger our national team will be. The more our players aspire to break into some of the world’s top leagues, the better our national team will be.

We have two FIFA world cup qualifiers coming up in the next few days that we hope our team can demonstrate the level of progress made over time. Our plan is to ensure that our November 13 home match against Mauritania gifts the fans a taste of the form our players have been exhibiting in various leagues. The Mauritania game will be followed up with the final Group B game against Tunisia four days later. We can only encourage the fans to support the team throughout this process. It may not be enough to provide the team with everything to ensure that they succeed but a little more support and belief from the fans may prove the difference. We have no doubt that with the public rallying behind the team, they will eventually turn a corner. Let us keep pushing and believing in our lads.

 

Have a pleasant week and remember to observe the Covid 19 guidelines.

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