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Zambia national soccer team captain to retire after 2015

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 20:38:04            

LUSAKA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Skipper of the Zambia national soccer team Christopher Katongo has hinted that he will hung up his boots from international football after the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

The 2012 AFCON winning captain said he was available to play for the national soccer team until 2015 but would still remain active at club level.

"I still have energy to play for the national soccer team and I think the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be my last at national level. I will not be making any sense if I quit now because I am still needed and I can achieve more for the team. Let's wait for 2015 and see where we can take the team," he was quoted as saying by the paper.

The Zambian captain, who further said he would consider a coaching career after hanging up his boots, is currently training for local club, Green Buffaloes, following the expiry of his contract at the Chinese side Henan Jianye.

Zambia has been seeded for the 2015 AFCO qualifying series which kick-off later this year, meaning that the team has automatically sailed through to the group phase of the qualifiers and will not take part in the knock-out preliminary stages.

Zambia reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 AFCON and lifted the trophy in 2012 but the performance in the 2013 tournament was awful and the team was eliminated the first round.

Editor: Shen Qing
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