Miguel Chaiwa ready to grab Africa Cup of Nations chance with both hands

Miguel Chaiwa ready to grab Africa Cup of Nations chance with both hands

Miguel Chaiwa wants to take his opportunity to impress at the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 19-year-old midfielder was included by Avram Grant in the 27-man Zambia squad set to compete for glory in the Ivory Coast from January 13.

The former Zambia Under 17 national team captain, currently plays his club football for Swiss side BSC Young Boys.

He is confident of Chipolopolo's chances at the competition. Zambia were drawn in Group F where they will face the DR Congo, Morocco and Tanzania.

Chaiwa said on ZamFoot: "First and foremost it's a big opportunity for me. This is what I have been working hard for.

"What helped me so much is hard work. My target has always been to play in the AFCON. Without hard work it's impossible to be in the team. You have to work on your mistakes and put God first always.

"This Is every young players; dream to be part of the team among big players. You have to respect the senior players. I have blended in well with the senior players."

Chaiwa added: "The youth level helps you to be ready when it's time to play for the senior team. We have a lot to learn as young players. This is a big opportunity. I have to use it as much as possible to do my best.

"If I am given a chance, I will definitely grab it with my two bare hands. I have played in the Champions League and some games at Senior level, I have seen the level and what I am supposed to do. Those games have helped me learn something, but the decision is for the coach and if he gives me an opportunity I will prove it."

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