[By Darious Kapembwa and Bright Tembo]
FRESH from helping his team win the Swedish League, Under-23 winger Edward Chilufya has joined the team in Egypt bubbling with confidence ahead of the first game against South Africa on Saturday in Cairo.
Both Chilufya, who plies his trade at Djurgardens FC, and Emmanuel Banda, who plays for Belgian side KV Oostende, joined the team yesterday and called for hard work from everyone.
“I am feeling nice because I have found high spirits in camp so it’s nice to join them. Our group is tough, we just have to work hard. We play South Africa regularly, so it will be tough but we need to work hard. I can’t talk much but I will speak on the pitch,” he said.
And Banda added: “It’s a great feeling joining my friends. The fact that I have joined earlier its easier for me to get on the same level with them. Spirit and the morale in the players is high. South Africa has always been our rival, we really need to focus on South Africa because it’s the first game, and we have to win. I want to leave Egypt with a medal and qualify to the Tokyo Olympics next year.”
Five more professionals are expected to join Beston Chambeshi’s team during the FIFA window on November 11.
The players expected to join are Lameck Banda, Kings Kangwa, both of Arsenal Tula in Russia, Fashion Sakala of Oostende in Belgium and the Austria based duo of Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka.
Meanwhile, FA has beefed up the U-23 technical bench with the inclusion of a video match analyst Stefan Carevic, a UEFA A licence holder, and a physical trainer.
Carevic was part of the Ghanaian backroom at the 2014 world cup in Brail and also served at various clubs in Serbia, Albania, Azerbijan.