CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
NATIONAL team coach Wedson Nyirenda has urged strikers Jonas Sakuwaha and Ignatius Lwipa to work hard if they are to be included in the 2018 Kenya Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series squads.
And the under-20 national team yesterday resumed training after boycotting going to the pitch on Thursday to demand allowances for winning the Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations.
Nyirenda said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that national team positions are not guaranteed.
“They need to keep working hard because positions are not guaranteed in the national team. There are no positions which are personal-to-holder. Everyone needs to account for what they do.
“For the young boy Ngwenya [Godfrey], including the other two [Sakuwaha and Lwipa], I am sure everyone has seen what they are doing at their clubs. That is the reason we decided to give them a chance,” he said.
Nyirenda said any player who is performing to expectation deserves to don national colours.
“As we are building the team, we need to have a pool of players. I will not hesitate to call any player who is in good form to the national team. We cannot deprive players a chance if they are in a position to deliver,” he said.
Meanwhile, the under-20 national team yesterday called off their boycott to continue with preparations for the FIFA South Korea World Cup.
The junior Chipolopolo trained in the morning and afternoon at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.
The team is scheduled to leave for Spain for a training camp next week.