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Road to Korea 2017: Emmanuel Banda: the orchestra in Chambeshi’s midfield

Was an unknown quantity prior to the Total U-20 Africa of Nations but made a loud announcement when in the opening Group A fixture scored a screamer against Guinea that headlined the tussle.

With that, Emmanuel Banda has never left the starting XI of the U-20 set up. To imagine that the crowd had reservations, that a more seasoned and better known Conlyde Luchanga, made way for him speaks volumes of the class that the Portugal based midfielder brought to the table.

Now going into the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, Banda has emerged as an integral member of Beston Chambeshi’s set up.

Banda is not only notable for his quick feet but also stands for his sharp wit that helps unlock opponents’ defences.

The 19-year old will be fancying his chances among the best global talents at U-20 level.

Banda is an admirer of Tottenham’s Musa Dembele whom he rates as his best player.

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.

FACT BOX

Emmanuel Banda

Age: 19

Date of birth: 29.09.1997

Club: Esmortz/Portugal

Position: Midfielder

Favourite Star: Dembele

Dream Club: Arsenal







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