Chibwe pleased with Zambia debut


Polokwane City Goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe has described his first match for the Zambia national team as an amazing experience.

Chibwe was the centre of attention last week following his decision to snub a Bafana Bafana call-up choosing to play for Chipolopolo instead.

The 26-year-old was born in the North West to Zambian parents. His father, Paul, played professional football in Zambia and South Africa but never represented his national team.

The Rise and Shine shotstopper got a chance to play for Zambia during the international friendly match against Benin on Sunday.

“It was amazing from the arrival at the airport to the camp to the technical team they all welcomed and showed me love it was truly amazing,” Chibwe told

“As for the game because it was my very first international game I loved it and I was happy with my performance on the day. I still can’t believe I played for Zambia and the stadium was packed it was just wonderful. It was all a great experience” said Chibwe.

“It was a bit easy with the team because the guys that play in South Africa know me so it wasn’t that hard to get to know the team and they were all welcoming.

“They all told me they are happy I chose to play for Zambia and not many people would have done that so it was a memorable moment.”

Chibwe was introduced in the remaining 11 minutes of the 2-2 draw against Benin and conceded one goal.

By Ofhani Munyai

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