The son of the late ex-Chipolopolo star defender Harrison “Wawa” Chongo has launched his football career with an audacious target of surpassing his father’s achievements in the game.
Wawa’s first born son Castro Chongo is currently attached to FAZ Division One side Young Green Buffaloes of Lusaka.
Defender Chongo, 22, said his late father, who played for Zambia and Mufulira Wanderers, inspired his decision to take up football.
“I have started football after being inspired by my late dad. I couldn’t watch him during his peak because was I a kid but after growing up I have been watching his videos. Furthermore, a lot of people say good things about him. They say he was a good player,” Chongo said.
“When he was coaching Mufulira Wanderers I used to follow him at the stadium and I remember, I also used to clean his souvenirs,” he said.
Wawa, who died in 2011, was a veteran of four Africa Cup finals in which he won a silver medal in 1994 and a bronze in 1996.
“I want to achieve a lot in football, looking at what dad did for the nation and our family. I want to exceed his level.”
He admits carrying the Wawa Chongo tag gives him pressure to impress.
“The name is too big in Zambian football so it gives me pressure whenever I am on the pitch. I know everyone expect a lot from me. Maybe if I make a mistake people would say you are not playing like your dad,” he said.
“Football is a sport where people will cheer you when you impress and also insult you when you falter.”
Castro added “But one thing that makes me feel better is that I have got too much support. People would come in numbers just to watch and support me as they remember dad. I have actually taken up his jersey number two.
Castro’s father spent a decade at Al Tawun in Saudi Arabia.