Zambia coach George Lwandamina says he has no regrets over his failed bid to summon Real Betis midfielder Charly Musonda for Chipolopolo’s 2017 Afcon Group E qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville.
Lwandamina last Friday summoned the Belgium-born midfielder, whose father Charles Musonda is an ex-Zambia and Anderlecht star.
Musonda, who has been capped at Belgium under-21 level, is also on Marc Wilmots’ radar for the senior Belgium national team following his flying start in La Liga after his January loan move from Chelsea.
“Maybe I moved too fast before even talking to Charles. I would have loved maybe to go that way but I was too eager and thought we might lose out on the player,” said Lwandamina, who is also a close friend of Musonda’s father whom he played with at Mufulira Wanderers.
Lwandamina added that official channels were followed through the Football Association of Zambia in calling up Musonda.
“If I offended Charles, I apologise,” Lwandamina said.
“But we have heard some great descriptions of the boy from some great coaches. That is how great the boy is rated. Otherwise all Zambians have seen his potential and what we are talking about here.”
Musonda has played six games and scored one goal for Betis.