Mulenga when he was playing for Bloemfontein Celtic in the PSL in the 2014 season
Mulenga when he was playing for Bloemfontein Celtic in the PSL in the 2014 season

Former Chipolopolo star Clifford Mulenga has advised the current Under 20 team players to remain focused.

Mulenga who crowned the 2007 Young African Player of the Year said the reason he personally failed to reach great heights in his career was failure to be consistent in his performances.

During the 2012 AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea, Mulenga was sent home by coach Herve Renard for disciplinary reasons after breaching the team curfew when partying with three team-mates.

His colleagues apologised for their actions to team management but Mulenga is said to have shown no remorse.

He said he has realised that he failed to work hard saying talent without hard work is useless.

“To all the young footballers out there even other professions. There are lots of players and people in different industries out there who don’t have the best attitude and discipline but they are consistent in their performances and work hard every day,” Mulenga said.

He added, “Dreaming about cars and all the ills of society is fine but when you lack consistency and hard work you are doomed to fail. Talent without hard work is useless.”

“I also didn’t learn from the mistakes of other people who had more talent than me but failed to make it because they lacked consistency and hard work.”

Mulenga added, “Remember people will always talk good and bad but that means nothing if you can’t stand up and be your own man. I will say it again, work hard and be consistent in your performances.”

Mulenga who is now club less said the current U20 team can qualify for the next Olympic games.

He said preparations should start now adding that the boys have set the pace and started the process for the future.

“Perfect time for FAZ to get involved and start planning. There a lot of coaches and former players in Zambia who can help monitor this process,” he said.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. They do say experience is the best teacher. Under 20 players, learn from his mistakes and listen to the sound advice.

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    • Humbleness takes you to heights. some chipolopolo boys especially after tasting money tend to become so big headed. This is why they fail and end up with nothing after their football career.

      Young Boys, you are playing so well, emulate the current Cameroon senior team, so humble no crazy hair styles and still down to earth.. go on and be what you have shown so far.. you will do far better than previous teams.

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  2. Why don’t you use him to give some motivation talks to the Youngsters especially these U20 players before the semi-final they can learn a thing or two from him, also you can use Christopher Katongo to give morale to these boys we need the U20 African AFCON! The boys have the skills but they need the correct mindset to approach the semi-final and final the game is at a different level now it requires mental power and emotional alertness.

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  3. Thanks for the sound advise Cliff. You can not change history, you can learn from it as you have done. Pop in at the camp and talk to those boys and consider a different career in as a motivational speaker.

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  4. CLIFORD MULENGAS ADVICE IS ILL TIMED, THE BOY IS LOOKING FOR A JOB TO COACH THE UNDER 5s THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE , HE FAILED BECAUSE HE FAILED AND DONT TALK ABOUT FAILURES TO SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS, BETTER A STAR LIKE KALABA OR KALUSHA TO TALK TO THE BOYS NOT THIS FAILURE ATASE

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  5. @ANYOKOoo are you not a Malian or umu sene sene why are changing your mind now? You also made a mistake once by supporting Mali so let the young man speak his mind as there is no great teacher than time especially when one makes a mistake. Look at you you have learned that being born in Zambia to western African parents does not disqualify you to be a Zambia as you are a citizen by birth.

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  6. Now what will happen since SA has adapted the Zambian play style especially when it comes to goals. Please Coach take note of this.

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