PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the splendid performance of the Under-17 national team in Mauritius is a clear indication of Zambia’s bright future for soccer.
The U-17, under the mentorship of Mumamba Numba, lifted the COSAFA cup trophy after beating hosts Mauritius 3-0 at St Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius on Sunday.
Lungu, in a statement issued by his press aide Amos Chanda in Lusaka yesterday, stated that the junior Chipolopolo had made Zambians proud and hoped that the players would be consistent in their performance to bring greater glory to the nation.
The marvelous performance by the boys shows that we have an oasis of talent to tap into for us to form the future senior national team,
“On behalf of the Zambian government, the people of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I extend congratulations to the boys, coach, technical team and FAZ. Continue to work hard to transform the standards of football in Zambia [and] may the almighty God bless you in future assignments.”
After the victory, Numba told the BBC in Port Louis that: “The boys still have a lot of things to learn! We didn’t have much time to work with them; we only had three weeks to assemble them. When we go back, we’ll make sure that we work on them so that they become better players.”