Monday May 31, 2021. 11:00
Cardiff City teenage striker Ntazana Mayembe says he is honoured to have been handed a debut Chipolopolo Zambia call-up.
The 18-year-old striker joined the Zambia camp in Lusaka on May 30 as the team prepares for this week’s start of their three-match friendly tour of Senegal, Benin and Sudan.
“I spoke to the coach before the call-up and he explained the situation and that he was going to give me a chance and opportunity to just help my country out,” Mayembe said.
“And I think without a doubt I decided to come back home and this is where I am right now.”
Mayembe is one of five new faces Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has summoned to camp for the June friendlies.
But the teenager is the only European-based newcomer in the team while the rest are all from the domestic league.
Kitwe United midfielder Edward Lungu and Young Green Eagles goalkeeper Gregory Sianjase are the other new call-ups.
Lusaka Dynamos duo of defender Gaboniso Magenge and striker Wisdom Moyela complete the list.
Chipolopolo will kick off its tour against Senegal on June 5 in Thies and later touch down in Cotonou on June 8 to play Benin.
Sudan will be Micho’s sides’ final stop on June 11 where they will face the hosts at Omdurman.