Katongo stirs a storm in victory


Christopher Katongo refuses bow out quietly and failed to recognise two goal hero Evans Kangwa after Zambia’s 2-1 friendly win over Uganda.

The 31-year-old clubless Zambia captain plodded his way through the 90 minutes plus five minutes of extra time on Wednesday night at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola as the young 22-year-old Nkana striker stole his thunder with a second half brace to complete Zambia’s dramatic win over The Uganda Cranes.
Katongo also slammed any calls for any radical revamp of Zambia’s ageing squad that won the 2012 Africa Cup, including his own future in the team, as what can only be described as a battle of ages brews in the Chipolopolo camp ahead of next September’s Morocco  2015 Africa Cup qualifiers.
“We won’t take out the experienced players….you just play two, three games at Nkana or whatever for one week or six months then he comes and plays Africa Cup of Nations. We are not going to take that,” Katongo said.
“We want a player who is going to be consistent for the club and then he comes in and he can challenge us no problem, he is going find us and challenges us.
“We have played football, we are experienced players, we know what is right and what is wrong so we are going control the people who want to influence our national team.
“They are three phases in a national team; there is Cecafa, Cosafa and the Africa Cup qualifiers.
“You can ask my captain from Uganda about the difference in levels in playing Cecafa and the Africa Cup of Nations.”
Meanwhile, another young gun and Kangwa’s Nkana club mate Ronald Kampamba, who scored 18 league goals last season plus three goals at the 2013 Cecafa Cup to help Zambia finish third at the tournament in Kenya, is also knocking on the door  for the Morocco qualifiers.