Cardiff City striker Ntazana Mayembe says he is honoured to have been handed a maiden Zambia international call-up.
The 18-year-old teenager joined the Zambia camp in Lusaka on 30th May as the team prepares for this week’s start of their three-match friendly tour of Senegal, Benin and Sudan.
“I spoke to the coach before the call-up and he explained the situation and that he was going to give me a chance and opportunity to just help my country out,” Mayembe said.
“And I think without a doubt I decided to come back home and this is where I am right now.”
Mayembe is one of five new faces that Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has summoned to camp for the June friendlies before the African FIFA World Cup qualifiers kick-off.
The teenage striker is the only European-based newcomer in the team while the rest are all from the domestic league.
Kitwe United midfielder Edward Lungu and Young Green Eagles goalkeeper Gregory Sianjase are the other new call-ups.
Lusaka Dynamos duo of defender Gaboniso Magenge and striker Wisdom Moyela complete the list of the debutants.
Chipolopolo will kick off its tour against Senegal on 5th June in Thies and later head to Cotonou on 8th June to play Benin.
Sudan will be the final stop on 11th June where they will face the hosts at Omdurman.