Patson Daka of Zambia challenged by Tercious Malepe of South Africa during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations Zambia match between Zambia and South Africa at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 08 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Monday Dec 04, 2017. 13:30
Zambian national team striker Patson Daka has urged his the current COSAFA U-20 squad to put the team first before personal glory.
Zambia are set to get their 2017 COSAFA Cup title defence underway and the striker says they will make the country proud once again.
The Junior Chipolopolo will begin their title defence on Wednesday, December 6 against Uganda at Arthur Davies Stadium.
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“Well I would like to advise to be mentally and physically prepared in such a tournament of which am sure the technical team has already done,” Daka told Zambianfootball.co.zm.
“Every player should first put the teams glory ahead of personal glory and the rest will come in, They all have to be team players with unity and love.
“It’s not going to be easy for them because everyone now wants to beat Zambia but that shouldn’t bring pressure on them but they should take it as motivation to put in even more hard work and not succumb to pressure.
“They should just enjoy the games. I’m very positive and confident that they will make the nation proud, it all starts small then it becomes big.”
Daka was part of coach Beston Chambeshi’s COSAFA U20 Championship-winning squad in South Africa last year.