Zambia Under-23 defender Moses Nyondo has expressed delight at making his Chipolopolo debut in Sunday’s clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The Nkana defender partnered skipper Kabaso Chongo in central defence in the high pressure match that ended 2-1 in favour of Cameroon in Madrid.
“I was very happy to play my first game at senior level. I have played under-20 and 23 and now the senior team. My first match at senior against Cameroon was good,” said the 21-year old towering defender.
Nyondo said the competiveness of the friendly matches being played would help his game.
He said that the presence of some of his under-23 teammates on national duty was good for the future of the Chipolopolo.
“These are the kind of games we need, for us who are under-23 need this level of competition to prepare for the final qualifier for the AFCON in November,” said the Nkana Football Club defender.
Nyondo was part of the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations winning side and also made it to the FIFA World Cup where they reached a historic quarterfinal berth in South Korea.
Nyondo debuted alongside Kingsley Kangwa, Kebson Kamanga and Paul Banda in Madrid.
He played 90 minutes in that assignment with Ziyo Tembo nursing an ankle injury.
Zambia plays Herve Renard’s Morocco on Sunday (June 16) in an international friendly match at the Grand Stade de Marrakech.
The Chipolopolo boys are in Morocco on the invitation of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and is lodged at the Hotel Riad Ennakhil and Spa.