Chipolopolo legend Christopher Katongo has questioned the headspace and general mentality of current Zambia players.
The former striker’s criticism mainly stems from Zambia’s bad start to the 2021 AFCON qualifiers wherein the team lost two from two games against Zimbabwe and Algeria.
“Today we have players who play two games at the national team and they get finished because they become big-headed from playing outside the country where they have featured for six games… Yet when they are here, they are failing to beat Zimbabwe and Botswana… How do you expect them to beat Egypt,” Katongo said via the Zambian Observer.
Now working as an assistant coach at Green Buffaloes, Katongo’s long playing career began at the same club before moving on Jomo Cosmos (SA), Bröndby IF (Denmark), Arminia Bielefeld (Germany), HN Jianye (China), Golden Arrows and Bidvest.
“I have not been to school to study but football is my PHD because I have been there and now have the experience. These are my boys and we are here to show them the way. I am a role model,” added the Mufulira-born legend.
Zambia’s key AFCON 2021 next fixtures will be back to back clashes against Group H minnows Botswana in Gaborone and at home.