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Under-23 latest recruit dreams big

ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka & KASAMBA MOONGA, MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
LUMWANA Radiants midfielder Gozon Mutale wants to use the under-23 national team call-up as a stepping stone to earn a place in the Chipolopolo.
Mutale said in Lusaka yesterday that his inclusion in the under-23 side is a step in the right direction.
“My role model is Chisamba Lungu, he inspires me a lot. I want to work hard at this level and play for the national soccer team,” he said.
Mutale, 21, is humbled by the call-up ahead of the African Under-23 Championship billed for Senegal.
“It is a dream come true to be called to the under-23 national team. I am learning a lot from my teammates, I am gaining experience,” he said.
Mutale is also targeting signing for Super Division sides Zesco United or Power Dynamos.
“I am working very hard in training, I want to play for Zesco United or Power Dynamos. These are my favourite teams in Zambia. It will be a dream come true to play for the two clubs, these are big teams in Zambian football,” he said.
And Lumwana chairman Nkumbu Sinkolongo said the club is humbled that Mutale has been drafted into the under-23 national team.
Sinkolongo said competing in the Barclays Cup has made it possible for the junior Chipolopolo technical bench to identify talent.
“The club is extremely humbled. We are happy that we exposed ourselves
in the Barclays Cup and this is a big motivating factor for us. This
recognition simply shows that there is direction and future for the
club, especially for the players,” he said.
Lumwana lost 3-0 to Zanaco in the Barclays Cup quarter-final match at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka last Saturday.
Meanwhile, under-20 women’s national team midfielder Osala Kaleo has been ruled out of Sunday’s 2016 Papua New Guinea World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Coach Osward Mutapa said in Lusaka yesterday that Kaleo is recuperating from a knee injury.
“She has not yet healed from the injury, so she will not be part of the team that will play on Sunday. We wish her a quick recovery,” Mutapa said.
Kaleo sustained a knee injury during training at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka last week.
Team vice-captain Lweendo Chisamo said the junior She-polopolo are targeting beating South Africa 5-0.

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