Rangers star Fashion Sakala has previously spoken about being a “role model” in Zambia and the striker rose to the title to net a stunning goal for the country in World Cup Qualifying.

Sakala, 24, has played a bit-part role for Zambia in recent years but after a spell in Belgium finds himself at the centre of the country’s ambitions.

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Rangers star Fashion Sakala is an inspiration to millions back home in Zambia. (Photo by Michal CIZEK / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Sakala’s explosive style and 16 goals for KV Oostende earned the player a shot with Rangers and the striker is starting to settle into life in Glasgow.

This month, the forward was recalled to the Zambia squad for this international break and after nearly a year’s absence, Sakala has announced his return to the squad.

Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea after Sakala had given the nation the lead with a stunning solo goal, his second Zambian strike in 14 caps.

The result leaves the African nation with it all to do in African World Cup Qualifying Group B, with Tunisia now six points in front of them at the top of the pile.

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Only the winners from the groups progress to the next round, with the 10 group victors split into five two-legged Playoffs with the winners of these heading to Qatar 2022.

Fashion Sakala takes “responsibility” for being Zambia “role model”

It might be a long shot to see Sakala in the Middle East next year but the player will be delighted to have put a smile on the face of the some 18m Zambians he is proud to represent.

The striker has previously talked up being a role model in his country and claims this drives him to be successful in his career.

“It’s something that has helped me to keep going,” said Sakala [Rangers].

 

“Looking at where I have come from, I have been a role model to a lot of people. People just didn’t think a football player would come from there.

“But I have made it to reach this level, and I believe I am still going. And being a role model is something that helps me to keep going.

“I believe I have to stay disciplined and I have to stay committed to the work – and work extra hard – so I continue inspiring a lot of people from my area in the country.

“That gives me more courage and confidence to work extra hard, to be that role model for a long period of time in my country.

“It’s a very big responsibility and I think it is helping me because if I didn’t have to consider it as a responsibility then maybe I would have been acting badly and not committing myself to hard work or not being positive.

“So I think the responsibility I am carrying on my shoulders makes me stay on a positive straight line, keep going forward and keep working extra hard.”

Zambia international Fashion Sakala has had a mixed start to life at Rangers but as things begin to settle fans will be hoping to see the best of the likeable striker.

Speaking of African World Cup Qualifying, read more about how one Ibrox star earned instant retribution as another was made to wait by a share national team boss.

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