Kabwe Warriors left back Zachariah Chilongoshi is arguably the best in his position in the league and some sections of the fans feel he should quickly be integrated into the Zambia National team set up.
The 20-year-old has quickly developed into a modern-day left-back. He has the great passing ability, vision and his crosses are usually precise and he can also hold his own defensively which is what any coach wants in his left-back.
Chilongoshi started his football career at Kalingalinga grounds and like many other talented lads, he quickly made his way up in no time due to his special ability and talent.
Chilongoshi is the firstborn in a family of five and attended school at Lusaka High and later Jarmy before taking up football professionally.
He started his football career at Amazing Super Jentas in Kalingalinga before moving to Chiparamba in 2009 then Young Napsa Stars in 2013 and K- Stars in 2015.
In 2016 he joined Muchinga Province based Real Nakonde then moved to Prison Leopards before joining the Magnificent People’s team, Kabwe Warriors in December 2018.
It was, however, his time at Chiparamba which was very crucial in his career under the tutelage of coach Nowell Phiri and according to the soft-spoken Chilongoshi, he was the most influential coach in his career.
It has been a bumpy road for him to finally reach this far and Chilongoshi is thankful to God.
“It was a very tough journey because I passed through a lot of challenges but by God’s grace, I have reached this far,” Chilongoshi told the ZamFoot Crew.
During his free time, Chilongoshi spends his time playing video games ( EA Sports FIFA ) and his favorite meal is Nshima with fish.
At Warriors, he spends most of his time with Wayne Museba and Clement ‘Laba’ Mundia who are his closest friends.
Like most African youngsters he one day dreams of playing in Europe and the ultimate club for him would be Manchester United.
“My favorite player is Marcelo from Real Madrid and yes I one daydream of playing in Europe. My favorite club is Manchester United,” he said.
After being snubbed a number of times, Chilongoshi finally made his debut for the national team on 9th November as the locally-based squad beat Namibia 2-0 in the invitational 2019 Dr. Geingob Cup at the Sam Nujoma stadium.
On his debut, Chilongoshi put in a fantastic shift and set up the opening goal, An experience he described as amazing.
“It was an amazing experience, I enjoyed it a lot, ” he said.
His club, Kabwe Warriors is currently seventh on the log with 38 points, Eight adrift of log leaders, Forest Rangers.
Chilongoshi believes the 1-0 loss to Green Buffaloes in week 12 was the hardest match they have played so far this season. Paul Simpemba scored the only goal of the game.
“Paul Simpemba is the toughest opponent I have faced so far in my career,” he said.
“This season we have had a lot of games I enjoyed but the toughest game we played was, without doubt, the one against Buffaloes in Lusaka.”
Chilongoshi is without a doubt a player with a lot of potential and should he continue developing, working hard and being disciplined he will surely go far.
With regards to his dreams of playing abroad, His representation agency, Next-Gen Sports Agency can easily find him a move abroad provided he remains consistent.