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.