Recalled Chipolopolo striker Roger Kola says beating Namibia in the March 23 Egypt 2019 Group K Africa Cup of Nations formality fixture will be a matter of defending national pride.
In-form Zanaco striker who has netted six goals in seven matches said beating Namibia will help the Chipolopolo end the qualifiers on a happy note.
“We have to win because we are at home. We are playing for pride we have to finish to on a good note,” said the ex-KAA Gent player.
Kola who was part of the 2007 FIFA Under-20 squad that reached the second round in Canada has been in and out of the Chipolopolo but is hoping to stay put this time around.
He also featured for a number of Israeli sides among them Ashdod, Kyryat Shmona, Rishon LeZion and Hapoel Bnei Lod.
Kola said he was excited at being recalled to the Chipolopolo after more than a year’s absence.
“I am happy I am back, it is not easy. I just have to continue working hard. I feel like I had a good pre-season,” he said.
“National team is very competitive, so I have to work hard to fight for a place. I know it is not easy to come and immediately you get your place.”
Kola was part of the local players that were in camp ahead of the Namibia clash.
Zambia hosts Namibia on March 23 at National Heroes Stadium with Aggrey Chiyangi being at the helm of the Chipolopolo albeit in an interim capacity/FAZ.