Grant predicts Mwansa as the next Chipolopolo goalkeeper.
Zambia’s coach, Avram Grant, sees goalkeeper Francis Mwansa as a symbol of the country’s present and future, despite recent criticism. The 21-year-old faced backlash for conceding two goals in Zambia’s 4-2 victory over Congo on Friday.
Grant defended Mwansa’s performance, stating, “I think Francis [Mwansa] is doing a very good job since he has been playing. But also Lawrence [Mulenga] did a good job against Ivory Coast, and [Charles] Kalumba, the third goalkeeper.”
He acknowledged the commendable efforts of all three goalkeepers during the training camp, emphasizing the importance of stability in the goalkeeper position.
“I think anyone from these three will show a good performance, like Francis [Mwansa] did in the last three games and Lawrence before,” Grant added. Despite the recent displacement of Lawrence Mulenga as Zambia’s first-choice goalkeeper in favor of the Green Buffaloes, Grant expressed confidence in Mwansa’s potential, emphasizing his youth and considering him a promising future goalkeeper for the country.
Mwansa has already earned six caps and is viewed as a key asset in Zambia’s goalkeeping lineup