NKANA coach Beston Chambeshi says young striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba will be instrumental in the Chipolopolo team during the African Cup of Nations (AfCON) in Equatorial Guinea because he has proved to be national team material.
The coach said Kampamba’s performance has been outstanding in crucial international encounters and that he would not fail to shine in Equatorial Guinea.
He said in an interview yesterday ahead of the Chipolopolo’s departure for Equatorial Guinea that he was confident that Kampamba would perform to expectation of the fans.
“It is nice that the boy is in the national team, he has proved to be national team material. I am happy with his performance which inspired coach Honor Janza to pick ‘Sate Sate’. “I wish the boy all the best at the African Cup of Nations. He will not be stressed and will not be jittery…every new player has somewhere to start from and I know it will be a big tournament for him but, for sure, he has played big teams. I am sure the boy will play a bigger role in Equatorial Guinea,” he said.
Chambeshi urged fans to have confidence in Kampamba and other young players in the team.
Other young players that have been co-opted in the squad are Rodrick ‘Rodriguez’ Kabwe (Zanaco), Spencer Sautu (Choma Green Eagles), Lubambo Musonda (Ulisses Yerevan F.C, Armenia), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco Utd) and Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows).
Meanwhile, Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) patron Pastor Peter Makembo has commended Janza for leaving out veteran striker James Chamanga because it was the wish of fans to have him sidelined. Makembo welcomed Janza’s decision because Chamanga did not look sharp enough and more prepared than Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka.
Makembo said to participate in a big tournament like AfCON, there was need to prepare adequately and go with ‘‘machinery so that you terrorise your opponents’ striking power’’. He called on the younger players to do their best and represent the country as they have done before in other competitions.
“They should not feel intimidated by the crowds that will be there or by the tournament itself. It is the same ball that we are going to play with other people. It is the same number of players that we are going to play with other people…the boys must feel proud to be fused into the national team,” he said. He pledged maximum fan’ support for the team at the tournament and expected the boys to do their best and emerge champions again. Makembo said his members have organized a camping house in Equatorial Guinea for fans and was still making arrangements to get another one.
“Janza knows what Zambians are expecting from him, we don’t want to go in the same way when we lost the cup in South African. Janza was there on the technical bench. The team must be very serious because we are not going to entertain any defeat at all,” he said.