Chipolopolo legend Christopher Katongo has advised young players to match their talent with passion and hard-work in order to excel in the sport.
Katongo noted that talent alone cannot make a footballer succeed.
The ex-Zambia captain said he was not a very talented player but his passion for the game made him shine.
“Talent alone is not enough in football. You need the inner thing to propel you and that is passion,” Katongo said at Kitwe Playing Field during the Shield/Chelsea talent search.
He is the ambassador for Unilever Shield/Chelsea talent search programme in which one Zambian footballer will be picked to be part of a team that will train and face the Chelsea legends side in London.
“Someone has to be passionate about football. Like myself I don’t think I was that talented but I used passion and hard-work,” he said.
Besides winning the Africa Cup with Zambia in 2012, Katongo starred for Danish side Brøndby, Armenia Bielefeld of German, Skoda Xanthi in Greece, Chinese club Henan Construction and South Africa’s Jomos Cosmos.
“You need to listen to what coaches want and follow instructions regarding tactics and discipline. We had talented players but they never reached the level Zambia wanted,” the Green Buffaloes assistant coach said.