Wing-back Kasashi Lupiya says he is hoping to continue where he left off at the close of the 2016 FAZ Super Division season.
The 19-year-old defender enjoyed some rare game time in the closing stages of the campaign in Zesco’s final push for a continental spot.
Kasashi played seven games, contributed five assists and scored one goal in their penultimate game of the season away to Nakambala Leopards that Zesco won 4-0.
Kasashi,whose father Alfred Lupiya is Zesco assistant coach, said he was humbled to have been handed an opportunity to contribute to the teams runners-up finish that secured their 2017 CAF Confederation Cup slot after failing to retain the league title.
He added that his colleague and fellow Zesco junior defender Shemmy Mayembe’s performance in the 206 CAF Champions League also motivated him.
“It was the hunger to play and the motivation from one of my fellow young players Shemmy Mayembe after he was given an opportunity and he did well,” Kasashi said.
“I was also motivated by many people who told me that I train very well and when your time comes, just grab it.
“Another thing is learn one or two things from the person who players in the same position.”
Kasashi added that he was ready for the challenge of the 2017 campaign including fighting for a place in the 18 man team for the CAF Confederation Cup.
“I am very ready because in football what is important is competition when you have competition you will improve,” Kasashi said.
” I just want to continue where I left off last year so that I move forward.”