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Road to Korea-Kalunga: unfazed by tough competition in Chambeshi’s ‘dream team’

He is one of those players that are standing in the wings owing to tough competition but willing to step up when called upon to join the action. Kalunga has been a fringe player in a highly competitive midfield set up for the Zambia U-20.

When even a player as supremely talented as Emanuel Banda, Edward Chilufya and Musonda Siame is not guaranteed of a starting place, then one knows that even making the bench can be a huge plus.

But that is not to say the Denmark based midfielder is happy to sit on the bench as he has always expressed his desire to break into the starting XI in Beston Chambeshi’s dream team.

Kalunga had a bit substitute role in Zambia’s 6-1 win over Mali during the Africa Cup.

His ability to hold things down when the team and under pressure and quick feet could prove an asset should the technical bench call upon him to join the party in Korea.

The FC Gomes product has been part of the U-20 family that has bonded from the Cosafa championship in December where he starred in four matches and can be happy that the coach has kept faith in him.

Kalunga has been at ease in the U-20 set up having joined in the high profile camp that preceded the Africa Cup victory where the team tested themselves against Tenerife, FC Basel and Barcelona junior sides.

He could be happy that he wears the Africa Cup medal and deservedly remains part of the team set up.

He has remained unfazed in the face of tough competition.

Kalunga is a fan of La Liga side Barcelona and rates Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as his idol.

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.

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Kenneth Kalunga

Age: 19

Date of birth: 18.01.1997

Club: IFS Denmark

Favourite Player: Thierry Henry

Dream Club: Barcelona







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