Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu has set his sights on Qatar 2022.
The 23-year-old has vowed to do his best to help the Copper Bullets of Zambia reach the Fifa World Cup for the first time in their history.
Zambia’s senior team are yet to play on the global stage in their history. In fact, the last time the Cosafa nation reached the World Cup was in 2017 when their U20 participated in South Korea.
Mwepu, who was a key member of that U20 generation has now shared his dream of flying the Zambian flag in front of the whole world.
Zambia are in Group B alongside Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia and Mauritania and they would need to navigate their way to the top in order to advance to the final play-off round where the 10 group leaders will face off to pick the five qualifying tickets for the African continent.
Speaking to Caf’s official website, the England-based anchor said their objectives have been laid out for them and they are going all out.
“It has been my dream to try to qualify for the World Cup and take Zambia to the World Cup.
“There is this opportunity now; we are just starting to try to re-organize and see what we can achieve together as we play Mauritania in the first game.”
Their first game will be against a stubborn Mauritania side in Nouakchott on Friday and the Premier League star believes the game could set the tone for their upcoming games.
“It is a very crucial game, we are starting our World Cup qualifiers and we know that we did not do well in the previous qualifiers of the Africa Cup of Nations,” he added.
“If we can pick up three points in an away game then we are sure that we have something to look forward to at the end of this tournament. We must just bring ourselves together and try to do what we have to do to focus and achieve something,” he concluded.
Mwepu was part of the Zambian team that missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they finished second in the qualifying group behind Nigeria.
Chipolopolo also failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. They finished in third place behind Algeria and neighbours Zimbabwe.
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By FARPost Reporter