Nkana legend Jericho Shinde has supported the increasing presence of foreign players in the FAZ Super Division.
Divided opinion has emerged over the continued rise in the number of foreign players in the top-flight league.
About 18 foreigners are training with promoted Super Division side Buildcon with the hope of being signed on.
Shinde said foreign players have added value to the league.
“That is healthy in any case. I mean this is now a global village. It (having foreign players) has helped our game to improve,” he said.
He challenged local players to up their game amid the rising number of foreigners in the league.
“It is up to our local players to believe in themselves. They should compete on the same level with foreigners. The ball is in their court,” Shinde said.
Last season, Nkana and Zesco had over five foreign players in their respective books.