Chris Katongo hungry for more – Njabulo Ngidi

Chris Katongo
Chris Katongo

Zambian Africa Cup of Nations- winning captain Chris Katongo believes he has five more years to go in a footballing career that has taken him to three continents in 15 years.

Bidvest Wits will put that statement to the test after signing the 31-year-old from Golden Arrows, where he didn’t make the desired impact, with the club eventually being relegated.

But that doesn’t diminish the illustrious career Chris Katongo has had, which includes winning the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot – when he played only half a season – in 2007 to being named BBC’s African Footballer-of-the-Year in 2012.

He needs to take notice of the experience of Benjani Mwaruwaru – who also joined the club with a glowing CV – but didn’t make much of an impact.

“We don’t need to run away from what we have done in the past,” Katongo said. “But the most important thing is what we can do now, because history is behind us.

“What is important for me is my fitness level. I am fit, I can run. I can do all required of me.

“You can judge the way I run, the way I play. I think I have five years left. My body is in good shape.”

Katongo is among a number of new faces that Gavin Hunt has assembled in his bid to win his fourth Absa Premiership after guiding SuperSport United to a hat-trick of league titles. Even though Katongo has seen it all, he is as hungry as he was 15 years ago.

“We don’t need to stop to try and achieve things,” Katongo said.

“Every time new things come, this is a new club, I would like to achieve something with them as an individual and the club. The most important thing is to achieve as a club, I have done my part as an individual.”