ZAMBIA National Soccer team coach George Lwandamina has called talented young star Charly Musonda Jr to the team preparing for the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville on March 23.
However, the call is subject to clearance by FIFA on his eligibility to play for Zambia.
Lwandamina expressed hope that one of his parents being Zambian will influence him to play for the Chipolopolo.
“I am aware of the allure for Charley to feature for Belgium. But I am hoping that he will be eligible to play due to the fact that his parents are Zambians,” he said.
Charly, 19, son of legendary former national team midfielder Charles Musond, has been in form and producing brilliant performances at his Spanish club Real Betis.
There has been an outcry by the soccer pundits to call Charly to play for Zambia.
However, in May 2015 Charles Musonda’s wife, Angela, categorically stated in a Facebook response that her children will never play for Zambia, alleging that Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) was dysfunctional and that the country’s Constitution then did not allow dual citizenship.
“Don’t turn a blind eye on Zambia’s dysfunctional FAZ and the country’s Constitution which doesn’t allow dual citizenship,” she wrote.
Now with the new republican Constitution embracing dual citizenship, Charly who is a Belgian citizen may be persuaded to apply for Zambian citizenship as well.