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Focus On World Cup Spot, Not Me – Says Jacob Mulenga

Jacob Mulenga says Zambia’s World Cup qualification campaign is more important for the country than focusing on him.

Mulenga, whose recent interview on Planet TV where he hinted at a possible retirement for being shunted to the fringes of the national team despite his being in vintage form at his club prior to the 2013 Africa Cup has raised a storm, urged Zambians to focus on qualifying Chipolopolo to Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The 29-year-old said all the talk about him and the national team was irrelevant.

“All the talk of me and national team is irrelevant. No one player is bigger than the team,” he said.

“The most important thing is for Zambia to make it to the World Cup.”

Mulenga, who is having a memorable run at his club where he has so far scored 13 goals in 26 appearances, recently caused a stir back home for his seemingly disillusionment with national team selectors.

The player was excused for the embarrassing 1-all draw away match against Lesotho on medical grounds although there was a belief that he was not keen on making the trip after the Africa Cup experience.

Assistant coach Honour Janza said Mulenga was being reserved for later games at the tournament.

“it is all about finding a good balance now to qualify at all means. 1-0 or 3-0 it doesn’t matter how we win. Afcon is done long time ago. I’m just here praying and enjoying the football,” he said.

Zambia has two back to back fixtures in June against Lesotho and Sudan in return legs that will see the Chipolopolo spell their World Cup future.

Currently they lead Group D on seven points, one better than Ghana who are eager to beat Zambia to the top spot.

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12 Responses to Focus On World Cup Spot, Not Me – Says Jacob Mulenga

  1. mwamba mutale Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    We can even do better without this cocroach. Who does he think he is. We won the cup without him. Sikanka pakunya!

  2. BELEGETE Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Ba Jacob Mulenga, we tried you at AFCON 2013 and you did not perform well. Now that you have started doing well, we are going to try you in the next games.

  3. Wanu Ngwee Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Jacob Mulenga is right. Most players were off form in our AFCON matches against Nigeria & Burkina Faso – let’s be honest folks; Mulenga was a better choice than Mbesuma and Mayuka in our encounters with Nigeria and the Burkinabes. Swallow you pride and call this guy to save the embarrassment of a draw or loss against Lesotho, Sudan & Ghana. And mind you 2 of these games are at the Ndola Stadium where we only score 1 goal all the time!!!

  4. chick nigger Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Pamputi panyoko munee jako

  5. ck Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Yes,how do you call a player all the way from europe only to warm the bench?

  6. CHIBS Reply

    May 11, 2013 at 6:24 am

    no body z focusing on u as per say but da focus z for al da zambian players local @ abroad nd hw many goals as u scored 4 da nationa team to start boastin lyk dat

  7. johnny Reply

    May 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Its too early for our strike to hang his boot

  8. Td Reply

    May 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    HR lacks technical abilities. I watched that even retiring Ferguson could include a player straight from injury. HR leaves much to be desired. Since he took over, Zambia no longer wins away games were as Bonneti used to. We ve become bad travellers such that even Lesotho proved a hard nut. Coaches!!

  9. frederick Reply

    May 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    dis is de HR we once kod bst coach jst coz had lifted de Africa cup,bt 2 de he haz be cam de coach wth no abilities,de probz wth zambianz is owez wnting 2 condem,de truth hre is yo so kod playerz 2 mch bliev in JUJU K?A vry gud Example is yo so kod mbesuma he wnt 2 europ he failed,bt u guyz r biz tokin abt de coach y,HR is nt A player k?he only helps TECHNICALY k?Ask mbesuma y he only prformz hre at S.A n u wil knw y zambian futbal cn go Any wre k?

  10. john banda Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

    jacob mulenga is jst gud at AFCON all the prayers there were not in the form

  11. john banda Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    2014 we ar goin at brazil world cup

  12. Wise ruler Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Jacob was given money by Ghana , they shouldnt even make a mistake to call him

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