Zambia assistant coach Honour Janza says the bench is backing Emmanuel Mayuka to be at regular at his English club Southampton.
Janza said on Wednesday afternoon at KK International Airport prior to Zambia’s departure for Johannesburg that Mayuka has to be strong and focused to make it in England.
“He has not been playing but he is one of our best players,” Janza said.
Mayuka has played just seven games at Southampton since he joined them from Swiss side Young Boys.
“It is about how the young man carries himself. We believe in more playing, more perfection and more development but however there is no easy team in the whole world now,” Janza said.
“He has to compete there will be a time the doors will open for him but he has to start from somewhere all that we need to pray for him and we are hoping that he will break in the team so that he will continue playing every week.”
Meanwhile, a 19-member Zambia team left for Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon.
Three players from the team flew out from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola to Johannesburg.
The trio was Collins Mbesuma, Power Dynamos midfielder Mukuka Mulenga and goalkeeper Joshua Titima.
Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, defender Joseph Musonda ad midfielder Noah Chivuta will join the team in Johannesburg from their respective bases in South Africa.