ZAMBIA national soccer team midfielder Chisamba Lungu says he has not quit the national team and has pledged to remain with the Chipolopolo because the team is bigger than him.
This is in an apparent U-turn on his earlier decision to quit the national team after Zambia was booted out of the Africa Cup of Nations following a 3-2 loss against Giunea Bissau on June 4, at the Estadio 24 de Setembro in Bissau where he was an unused substitute.
Writing on his Facebook post yesterday, the FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast ball wizard said he had not retired from the national team, without elaborating on earlier media reports suggesting that he had decided to stop playing for the national team due to what he called biased player selection by the technical bench.
“Take it from me, I have not retired. Zambia is bigger than me. Always at heart of Chipolopolo,” Lungu said.
After Zambia’s loss to Giunea Bissau last month, Lungu blasted the technical bench for the loss and indicated that he would never play for the national team because he could not be called to national duty only to watch young players take his position.
He said at the time that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money to call him for the 2017 AfCON qualifier against Guinea Bissau only for him to warm the bench.