CHIPOLOPOLO striker Fashion Sakala says he plays his own kind of football. And Under 23 assistant coach Bilton Musonda has congratulated the players for a job well done in Malawi. Speaking on arrival from Malawi where the team defeated the Junior Flames 1-0 as the team seeks to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sakala said he did not care what people say about him on social media. The Belgium-based striker’s 76th minute goal gave Zambia the much-needed victory. Sakala said although he was happy to have scored, he was not proud of the goal.
“I am proud for the win. It was a very important goal but I am not very proud of it. I am just proud of the team, the way the team worked hard. They really worked hard in Malawi. It was a tough game but we did what we planned and it was successful for us. It was not one of my important goals in my career. I am not proud of it but it’s good we played to win,” he said.
When asked about what people say about him being selfish, Sakala said; “I don’t really care about them. That’s my kind of play and I don’t really care about what people say on social media. I just have to do my job and I just do what I am supposed to do and I know what I am supposed to do.”
On Sunday’s return leg, Sakala said he would not promise anything but the team would work hard. Delegation leader Rix Mweemba said the mission was successful and they were received very well. He hoped that they would also receive the Malawians well. FAZ president Andrew Kamanga encouraged the team to remain focused as they still have a lot of work to do on Sunday.
“This is exactly what we expected from the outing. It remains our hope that come Sunday you will finish the job. Then we can look to the next assignment which will be in June. So in between, we will leave you with the preparations, we just wish you well on Sunday,” he said. “All the best and congratulations for getting a very vital result away from home so let’s hope soccer fans will come through on Sunday and give you the never ending support that they have always given and supported your team particularly that this is the first assignment after you succeeded in 2017.”
And Musonda said the plan was to win the game.
“Our plan worked very well because we didn’t want to concede any goal there [in Malawi] and that’s what we did and the play itself. In the first half, yes we tried here and there, and in the second half, we picked [up]…that’s how we even created a lot of chances in the second half although we just scored one but it was a good outing and it is positive going into the second leg which will be on Sunday,” he said.
Musonda said the boys and the technical bench will work very hard so that the team makes it to Tokyo. Winner of the two legs will face either Congo Brazzaville or Burundi in the final qualifying round of the U23