Napsa Stars striker scored the very first goal of coach Milutin Sredojevic’s Zambia tenure in a 1-0 win over Malawi.
Sikombe’s goal in Ndola was the first Chipolopolo appearance since 2018’s COSAFA Cup tournament. “It is very motivating and I thank God that I have been playing well at the club for me to be selected by the national team coach,” Sikombe said via Lusakatimes.
“But I consider the goal as my national team debut because I only came on at the 2018 COSAFA Cup and scored a post-match penalty in the quarterfinal win over Namibia.
The striker was destined for the 2020 CHAN tournament in Cameroon but the journey had to be put on hold because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
“It is not in our hands but all we have to do is hope this clears soon. But we will be ready and I will make sure I will be ready too for another call-up,” Sikombe added.
“And if I make the final team, I will do my best again to impress the coach to ensure I keep my national team place.
The 22-year-old remains as his club’s second highest goalscorer with eight goals. “But for now we also have to be very ready for the league even though it’s also off due to the Coronavirus.
“But most importantly we must first take care of our lives because this virus is deadly and also care for our friends and loved ones,” he concluded.