Botswana’s rising star

2010-12-13 08:06

Zambia Under-20 talismanic striker Chakwa Lungu believes that he has all the attributes to emulate the best of the crop of the marksmen that his nation has produced in the past.

The 18-year-old brought his goalscoring prowess to the fore when he helped the young Chipolopolo to a successful title defence of the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship at the University of Botswana Stadium yesterday.

Lungu, who scored the only goal that won Zambia the 2009 edition in Johannesburg, struck twice against Namibia en route to a 4-1 demolition in yesterday’s one-sided final. His brace took his tournament tally to five goals in four matches, earning him the Golden Boot award.

“What we have achieved today is a true reflection of the development of football in Zambia. At least we have a solid foundation for the Under-23 and I can’t wait to play my first game at the next level,” said the budding striker just a few seconds before he was awarded the Golden Boot.

He added: “I believe in my abilities but I will work harder to realise my dream of becoming the next Christopher Katongo (the senior national team’s striker).”

Meanwhile, Nambia, who made a maiden appearance in the final of the annual southern region tournament, found it difficult to deal with Zambia’s movements off the ball.

The young Chipolopolo took advantage of Namibia’s jittery fullbacks as Lungu scored inside two minutes – in the 13th and 15th minutes – and Rodrick Kwabe sent the tie beyond reach on the stroke of half-time.

Zambia extended their dominance off the field and made a clean sweep as they scooped virtually all the individual awards on offer.Apart from Lungu’s top scorer gong, captain Simon Silwimba took Player of the Tournament and the team won Fair Play award.

Zimbabwe, who humbled Madagascar 3-1 in the third and fourth place play-off early on also ascended the podium with their goalkeeper George Chigova voted keeper of the tournament.

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