Captain Christopher Katongo says he halted his proposed move to Angolan side Kabuscorp FC in order to feature for Zambia at the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.
Katongo led the locally assembled Zambia squad that exited the CHAN finals at the quarter-final stage on Sunday after losing to Guinea 5-4 on post-match penalties following a goalless 120 minutes.
Kabuscorp FC last month started chasing for 2012 Africa Cup winning skipper’s signature.
In an interview, Katongo said he is now ready to move after representing Zambia at CHAN.
“If I had signed for the Angolan club I could have not played this CHAN. I sacrificed my myself for my country,” Katongo said.
He scored the only goal when Zambia advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Uganda 1-0 in their second group match.
“I could not have inspired the boys had I signed.This is the sacrifice I have made for my country.”
Katongo returned to Zambia last season after stints in South Africa, Denmark, German, China and Greece.
He played for Danish side Brøndby, German club Arminia Bielefeld where he spent two years until he switched to Greek side Skoda Xanthi.
In July 2011, Katongo signed a two-and-half-year contract with Chinese Super League side Henan Construction before returning to South Africa to play for Golden Arrows and Bidvest Wits FC.
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