Wednesday Apr 12, 2017. 16:30
Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has stated the reasons why he has not called up Nkana FC striker Walter Bwalya.
Reports in Zambia reveal that Nyirenda has questioned the player's nationality and that he cannot take risks to avoid scandals.
According to reports, Bwalya reportedly said he is Zambian-born from a Congolese mother and a Zambian father, but Nyirenda said there was no documentation to show that Bwalya was Zambian.
This comes despite former Zambia coach George Lwandamina calling on Bwalya to represent Chipolopolo, but was later dropped.
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“I always say that as long as the documentation is in place I have no problem. But as long as the legitimacy is still in question I cannot take a risk,” said Nyirenda to Lusaka Times.
“We do not want any scandal all we need is clear things. If he is Zambian, he is Zambian let it be on paper. I do not want any doubts, any loopholes, if he is Zambian he is Zambian.
“He should also prove that he is worth the call up. He has been playing good football but he needs to understand that in football what other people may be seeing is not what the technical staff see.”
Meanwhile, Bwalya was the 2016 MTN FAZ Super Division leading top scorer with 24 goals, but his international football future remains unclear.