Forest Rangers midfielder proud to have been part of U23 squad despite premature exit

Forest Rangers midfielder proud to have been part of U23 squad despite premature exit

Zambia U23 national team midfielder Benson Chali says it was an achievement for him to be part of the U23 national team despite the disastrous outing in Egypt at the U23 AFCON tournament.

Chali returned on Monday from Egypt after the team's first-round exit and he has since resumed training with his Forest Rangers teammates in readiness for Saturday's game against Mufulira Wanderers.

"It was good to be part of the U-23 team in the AFCON 2019 Championship and I thank God for that. It's an achievement to be called to represent your country and that's something every footballer should be proud of in their career," Chali told Forest Rangers, media team.

"My journey of representing my country started with the U-17, then I proceeded to the U-20 COSAFA and now U-23 AFCON. I am so blessed to have been called on national duty in all 3 stages of my career."

"Being part of the team has taught me to be prayerful, because I see my fellow teammates always put God first (after all it is Bola Na Lesa) it has also taught me TEAM-WORK but most of all it has taught me how to be very understanding because most of the time we are playing in clubs and with different players and only meet once in a while. To get the best results requires understanding not only from the coaches but us as players too," he added.

Chali went on to say that his time with the U23 national team was a learning experience and he enjoyed every part of it.

"All in all I enjoyed every moment and it was a learning experience for everyone. I also had the opportunity to interact with the entire team despite not qualifying for the Olympics."

Zambia suffered an embarrassing first-round exit after losing two games and drawing one with just a point to their name after three games finishing bottom of group B.