Zambia national team new defender Frankie Musonda has been nicknamed “REMOTE CONTROL” by fans after a solid performance in his debut competitive match for the Chipolopolo boys during the 2023 Ivory Coast Africa cup of nations qualifiers.
The Scotland based Raith Rovers fc defender who was born in Britain to a Zambian father and British mother was scouted by popular Zambian website, Chipolopolo diehards who brought him to the attention of the fans and the football association of Zambia who later invited him to feature for the 2012 African champions.
After making his debut in two friendly matches, the defender described the experience as a dream come true to play for his father’s country which he has always wanted.
Frankie put up a solid performance in the two friendly matches against Benin and the Congo Brazzaville in which he even scored his first goal for Zambia.
He went on to become a fans favorite and immediately cementing a place in coach Aljosa Asanovic’s Chipolopolo starting eleven as a center back.
On Wednesday, he put up an impressive performance against Comoros in a match that Zambia won by two goal to one to go second in group H .
Frankie was the darling of the crowd at the heroes national stadium in Lusaka due to his calmness on the ball and continuous issuance of instructions to his teammates as he organized the defense in what was a very crucial match for Zambia which revived their chances of qualifying to the next edition of the AFCON after losing their first match to the elephants of Ivory Coast.
He also completed the most number of passes and made seven clearances to be most Zambian fans’ man of the match , according yo various social media polls.
Because of that, fans cheered him whenever he was in possession of the ball and chanted “ remote control” while others shouted “commander frankie” , which has now gone viral on various social media platforms.
Meanwhile in interview, Frankie reviewed how happy he was to play in front of over 50,000 home fans and how much of a dream come true that was.
“It was exciting and motivating to play in front of the home fans. They kept supporting us even when we were down by a goal. I was very happy and I must say it is a dream come true for me.”~FRANKIE MUSONDA~
It remains to be seen how far the “REMOTE CONTROL” nickname will go in popularity as Zambians are on record giving names to their star players one of which is Enock Mwepu who was named ‘computer’ and now popularly known by that even at his club in England and across Europe.