ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
KALULUSHI Municipal Council has honoured under-20 midfielder Enoch Mwepu with a high cost residential plot following his contribution to the young Chipolopolo’s performance in South Korea.
Kalulushi mayor Rashida Mulenga said in a statement released to Sports Mail that Mwepu, who hails from the district, has inspired young people with his display.
Mwepu was part of the team that won the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations which Zambia hosted earlier this year.
“Enock Mwepu has made us proud as Kalulushi district, especially that he comes from here and he has also made the country proud at large. It is on this premise that the council has decided to honour him with a high cost residential plot,” Mulenga said.
She urged young players in the district to draw inspiration from Mwepu.
Meanwhile, former President Rupiah Banda has urged under-20 national team players not to rush into signing professional contracts but should seek advice on the way forward.
Banda, who is a legendary soccer agent said in an interview in Lusaka on Wednesday that the players should consult to avoid regretting.
The former Football Association of Zambia vice-chairman was involved in soccer legend Kalusha Bwalya’s move to Belgian side Cercle Brugge in 1985.
Banda, who was part of hundreds of fans that welcomed the under-20 national team at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on Wednesday, said the players need advice before committing their future to any team.
“No doubts there will be scouts that are interested in luring our under-20 players to sign for different teams. I expect FAZ to give them guidance because we need these players to progress,” he said.
He said the team’s performance in South Korea showed that the country has a bright future.
The young Chipolopolo reached the quarter-finals losing 3-2 to Italy in extra time to bow out of the competition.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to South Korea, Mumba Kapumpa, who accompanied the team, said the young Chipolopolo have left an admirable legacy in the Asian nation.