ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
UNDER-20 national team midfielder Enock Mwepu is humbled that his goal against Iran at the FIFA World Cup in South Korea has been nominated as one of the best strikes.
FIFA has selected 10 best strikes and fans worldwide have been asked to vote for the best goal.
Mwepu’s goal is ranked third and has already attracted over 8,000 likes.
Fans have up to next Monday to vote for the best goal.
“I am humbled,” said Mwepu in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
He is happy that his effort has been recognised by the world soccer governing body.
Mwepu urged Zambians to vote for his goal.
Midfielder Edward Chilufya started the move on the left flank, released the ball to Emmanuel Banda who laid a back heel for Mwepu, to fire with his left in the right corner of the net.
“It is a proud moment for every player when your efforts have been recognised. I am humbled. This means a lot to me. There were a lot of players who scored a number of goals but for FIFA to nominate my goal is humbling,” the Napsa Stars midfielder said.
He is confident his goal will be crowned the best.
Mwepu is competing with Rodrigo Amaral from Uruguay, South Korea’s Lee Seungwoo and Myer Bevan of New Zealand.
Others are Sergio Cordova from Venezuela, Argentina Lautaro Martinez, Germany duo of Philipp Oches and Saut Serdar and Diogo Goncalves from Portugal.
Mwepu scored twice as Zambia reached the quarter-finals.
Zambia started the campaign with a 2-1 victory over Portugal, beat Iran 4-2 and lost 1-0 to Costa Rica to top Group C with six points.
The junior Chipolopolo edged Germany 4-3 in the round of 16 to advance to the quarter-finals.
Zambia lost 3-2 to 10-man Italy in the last eight to bow out of the tournament.
Banda and Patson Daka found the back of the net twice apiece while forward Fashion Sakala netted four times.
Chilufya and Shemmy Mayembe scored once each.