The Sensational Zanaco striker Moses Phiri has revealed learning a deeper understanding of his work as a professional player.
The 26-year-old Phiri returned to the Super League three months ago after spending three seasons in Portugal with Académico Viseu and later Covilhã.
“I really enjoyed my time in Portugal and I learned a lot in terms of understanding football,” Phiri said ZamFoot.
“There were many different things I found there in terms of being a professional football player, what you have to do, how you should stay with your fans, and what you have to do individually without being told by the coaching staff,” he added.
Phiri further described facing high expectations of professionalism on and off the pitch, where there is a lot less mentorship compared to Zambia.
“First the infrastructure says it all. The pitches can motivate you to play football.. and there is a lot of things which you have to understand individually which you won’t be told for you to play better football.
“The moment you reach there they already assume that you already know what a professional football player should do and behave before and after the game they don’t teach you…
“If you’re with people who played abroad and there here in Zambia you have to learn quickly because you will be chased just in two weeks (laughs),” Phiri concluded.