Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka is looking forward to the challenge of facing Brazil in a friendly on Tuesday evening as he believes that the Selecao are currently the best side in the world.
22-year-old attacker is no stranger to international success, having
led his country to Africa Cup of Nations success in 2011, when they
created a major shock by defeating Cote d’Ivoire on penalties in the
Mayuka was named the tournament’s outstanding player and
is extremely excited by the opportunity to pit himself against Luis
Felipe Scolari's men, a challenge that he believes will benefit Zambia's
“Of course it is great to play against Brazil and players such as Dani Alves and Neymar,” he told Goal.
“Brazil are the best team in the world and it will be a good experience for Zambia to play against them.”
Brazil star who will not be present is Thiago Silva, and Mayuka is
desperately disappointed that the Paris Saint-Germain defender has been
ruled out through injury.
“I would have preferred that Thiago
Silva was able to play since we like to play against the best players,”
he explained. “For me, it doesn’t matter against whom I play - I always
like to score.”
Despite Zambia’s 2011 Africa Cup of Nations win,
Patrice Beaumelle’s side have missed out on World Cup qualification and
Mayuka is still coming to terms with the setback, even if he believes
that the future is still bright for Chipolopolo.
to be told, it was disappointing because we really wanted to reach the
World Cup,” he said. “Still, I think we made a great race and we
finished second to a great Ghana team.
“Our team is young and I’m sure we will be in other World Cups.”
who is presently on loan at Ligue 1 side Sochaux from Southampton, is
aiming to add to his 10 international goals in Beijing, where the
intriguing friendly fixture will take place.