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.