Chivuta omitted from Zambian squad


The left-footed attacking midfielder has arguably been the best Zambian in the PSL this season, but strangely the Zambian national team selectors have found no reason to call up the man who has scored six goals playing from midfield.

“Being left out of the squad is disappointing because if the selectors were really watching the PSL games and monitoring my performance, I would have obviously been called up.

“I am really amazed because it appears the selectors use a strange system of selection that is in no way related to performances. I wonder if they ever watch the games and get updates of how players are doing.

“I think they select players based on reputation and whether they know them rather than the kind of form they are showing on the field. I know it in my heart that I should have been selected into that squad but all this will not pull me down but instead make me better and motivate me to continue enjoying my club football.

“I think you are called into the team on the basis of being known rather than how you perform at your club.

It is quite bizarre that a player from a struggling Mvela League team is found to be better to do national duty than a player whose team is at the top of the PSL.

“Even James Chamanga had been left out despite having been doing well at Swallows and was only called up at a later stage after the selectors had been made aware of his form,” says Chivuta.

Although saddened by his omission by the selectors with whom he has never been popular, Chivuta is still praying for a good performance from the Chipolopolo.

“Our national team can be so weird at times because when they go in underrated they always do well. They can also be full of surprises and I feel that this time around they will stun some teams,” he reasons.