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Samson Banda: Silently praying for his shine in national colours

In order to fairly judge Samson Banda as a goalkeeping prospect at U-20 level, one only needs look at the competition he is up against.

The assuredness of Mangani Banda between the posts in Zambian colours has made it difficult for any other prospective gloves men to get a chance. More like an Italian shot stopper having hoped to displace Gianluigi Buffon from the number one spot.

That has been the dilemma that has befallen Banda who otherwise is a promising goalkeeper.

He is one of the two goalies that deputize Mangani in goal but should be happy to be wearing the Cosafa and Africa Cup gold medals.

The Zesco United academy product is hoping that the FIFA U-20 Korea Republic 2017 tournament will accord him a bit of shine.

The 20-year old Banda like any good second choice goalie will stand ready to seize the moment as and when it comes but for now he looks as geared as any regular starter in the team. He comes highly rated from the Zesco United junior ranks and if the opportunity presents itself the soft spoken Banda will definitely be ready.

FACT BOX

Samson Banda

Age: 20

Date of birth: 01.05.1997

Position: Goalkeeper

Favourite Player: David De Gea

Dream Club: Barcelona







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