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Conlyde Luchanga: Chambeshi's secret ace

Conlyde Luchanga has suffered from one of football’s old time golden rules that you never change a winning team.

Having joined the U-20 fold after they had just won the Cosafa championship it was always going to be hard for Luchanga to break into the starting XI.

The 20-year old Lusaka Dynamos striker can have some comfort playing second fiddle to a striking force that boasts of Fashion Sakala, Patson and Edward Chilufya although Luchanga justifiably counts himself an equal in capability to deliver.

He has put up a shift in the warm up matches as would any player assured of making the starting XI.

But for a player whose potential was thrust in the national limelight at the senior level as a 17-year old lad there is always that possibility that he will be ready when called upon.

On October 17, 2015 in an African Nations Championship (Chan) fixture against Mozambique at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Luchanga came on as substitute on his senior team debut and struck the back of the net on his first piece of action winning over the entire Zambian side of the stadium.

Since then everyone has always believed that there is always a chance that he could pop up with something special when the chips are down. He was part of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations although fell behind in the pecking order.

Even with that downside, has not weighed him down as the Lusaka Dynamos player is still hoping for an improved performance at the FIFA U-20 Korea Republic 2017.

His flirtation with Lusaka Dynamos, Power Dynamos and Zesco United is testimony of what potential may be tucked away in that sprightly frame.

Zambia is in Group C alongside Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran and will be based on the Island of Jeju.

The opening fixture will be against Portugal on May 21, 2017 at the 29, 346 capacity Jeju World Cup stadium with the second match staged three days later against Iran before concluding their group matches with a tie against Costa Rica at Cheonan Sports Complex on May 29, 2017.

Currently the team is in Spain on the final leg of preparations.

FACT BOX

Conlyde Luchanga

Age 20

Date of birth: 11:03:1997

Club: Lusaka Dynamos

Position: Forward







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