epa05978020 Emmanuel Banda (C) of Zambia in action against Pepe (L) and Diogo Dalot (R), both of Portugal during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON
Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 16:30
In the wake of his exploits during the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea, Zambian midfielder Emmanuel Banda wants to play in the senior team.
Media reports indicate that the 19-year-old wants to play for Chipolopolo after helping Beston Chambeshi's men reach the quarter-finals in South Korea.
The Portugal-based player was also instrumental in helping the Junior side lift the U20 CAF Africa Cup of Nations trophy earlier this year.
Although Wedson Nyirenda will have headaches when it comes to using the U20's in the senior side, Banda, who dreams of playing for English Premier League club Arsenal, is confident he can impress Nyirenda.
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"I think I can play for the national, with the right people around me I think I can make it," said Banda to the BBC.
"We achieved something big by winning the Africa Cup and reaching the quarter finals at the World Cup.
"Most of us want to represent our country but we have to keep the discipline and be humble.
"We will wait for the coaches because they know when we are ready.
"We have learnt huge lessons from past generations [of players] about the need to keep the discipline in life always.
"It's very important for us to stay to together because we have the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of us."