By MICHAEL MIYOBA
ZAMBIA national soccer team defender Frankie Musonda says he is happy to be living the dream after making his full home debut and helping the Chipolopolo come from behind to beat Comoros to redeem Zambia’s chances of qualifying for the 2023 Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations.
Musonda, who was born from a Scottish mother and a Zambian father said it has always been his dream to play for the Chipolopolo.
The Raith Rovers defender said it was an amazing feeling for him playing his full home debut in front of over 50, 000 fans who had filled Heroes Stadium to capacity to cheer the Chipolopolo.
Musonda, whose father is a medical doctor thanked his mother for supporting him to follow his passion to play football.
“My father is always big on education but football has always been my main passion and love and my mom has always supported me to follow my dream and lucky enough I have been able to do that and live my dream.
“One of my dreams was to play for Zambia and luckily now I’m part of the squad and I hope to stay for a long time.
“And now that I’m part of the team I will be able to come to Zambia to see my family so hopefully now I will get to visit three or four times in a year with the national team and I will get to meet my family I haven’t seen for so long,” said the 24-year-old.
Musonda, who is also studying a business management degree in the UK said joining the Chipolopolo has drawn him closer to God as a Christian.
Musonda hailed his team mates at the national team for making it easy for him to adjust and teach him some words in local languages.
“I have been learning a bit of Bemba and when I’m in the room with Shemmy (Maembe), he has been teaching me a few words in Bemba so I have started to use some words around the team and when they say somethings I don’t understand, I ask and I’m slowly starting to understand the language,” Musonda said.
Musonda, who plays in the second tier of the Scottish league said his target is to keep improving and possibly join Fashion Sakala who plays in the Scottish top flight football league with giants Glasgow Rangers.
By MICHAEL MIYOBA