Zambia Under-20 star Edward Chilufya is relieved to be finally on the verge of making his senior debut after missing Chipolopolo’s last three games.
The Swedish-based midfielder missed Zambia’s last three 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifiers due to administrative problems over his release from Djugardens because he was still Under-17 until late October.
And now the 2017 U20 AFCON winning star is in line for his senior debut after helping propel the Zambia Under-20 to the 2017 FIFA U20 Cup quarterfinals in South Korea.
“I feel good to finally come and play for my country,” Chilufya said.
“I has hasn’t been easy but even when I had difficulties with my Visa issue I never gave up and I am very happy to be finally here.”
And Chilufya said Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier against defending African champions Cameroon at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium was not a formality.
“We are taking this game seriously because we believe with a good result this weekend good things are coming our way despite being out of the qualifiers.”
Second placed Zambia and 3rd positioned Cameroon have 7 and 6 points heading into their final Group B qualifier.
Nigeria command Group B with a game in hand on 13 points following their 1-0 home win over Zambia on October 7 in Uyo, which booked their ticket to the World Cup finals in Russia.