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Nkwazi striker Emmanuel Chabula says playing for the national team in the COSAFA Cup is a dream come true after failing to do so in last year’s tournament where he could not play due to injury.

Chabula was part of Beston Chambeshi’s 20-man squad that lost to Zimbabwe in the final when the tournament was hosted in Polokwane.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 17 league goals in two seasons for Kitwe United and Nkwazi, netted the equaliser and scored the winning penalty after coming on as a second half substitute, as Zambia relegated Malawi to the plate section following a 4-2 victory on post match penalties in the COSAFA Cup quarter final played at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday.

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“It is a great feeling to finally play for the national team. You know, when you are playing soccer, it is always a dream to play for the national team. Being here is a dream come true and working for the nation is a great feeling,” Chabula said.

On watching Zambia trailing Malawi before he was introduced, Chabula said:”Sitting on the bench, I was worried to the point of shivering because I thought we would be eliminated. But I had to put myself together and believe that we would come back.”

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“When Austin pulled a goal back, I believed that we would equalise and that we were going to make it to the semi finals,” he said.

Chabula reckons that maintaining a positive attitude will help Zambia against holders Zimbabwe, who have defeated Zambia in each of the two previous tournaments.

“We will face them positively because we know that they defeated us back to back. They have been favourites for the past two years but this time we are stronger and our aim is to beat them.”

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The second semi final between Zimbabwe and Zambia will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday, June 5 with kick off at 19h30.

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