Polokwane City goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe has explained his decision to choose the Zambian national team over Bafana Bafana.
Chibwe has been called up to the Chipolopolo squad for their friendly international matches.
Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki made a revelation on Monday that the 26-year-old keeper was contacted for a call up to Bafana for the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Mali in Port Elizabeth on Sunday but declined.
“We made a small research on Cyril Chibwe from Polokwane City. He is a South African – he was born in the North West, so we sent a call up to him to join us for this camp but unfortunately he will be playing for his father’s country which is Zambia,” Ntseki confirmed.
But the keeper who was born to a South African mother says the decision to choose Zambia was to honour his father who was a footballer but never represented the national team.
“My father was a football player in Zambia but never got to represent the national team. So, I am fulfilling not only his dream but mine as well to represent Zambia. It was a decision that I made on my own and discussed with family before accepting (the call-up from Zambia),” Chibwe tells FARPost.co.za.
“Yes, I was contacted by a SAFA representative, letting me know of the call up for Bafana Bafana.
“But I explained my situation as I had already been in contact with representatives in Zambia regarding representing the Chipolopolo team,” Chibwe adds.
His Father, Paul, played as a centre-back for Strike Rovers and later Nchanga Rangers (Zambia) in 1985 before joining Umtata Bush Bucks in South Africa in 1989.