KATONGO NEEDS TO REDISCOVER SCORING DRILL - Friday, January 08, 2010
Zambia striker, Christopher Katongo, burst onto the international stage with a hat-trick against South Africa in a qualifier for the previous African Nations Cup.

Then a Lusaka-based national army corporal, he gave one of the deadliest displays of finishing seen in a qualifying competition in the last five decades, with three goals before Bafana Bafana (The Boys) knew what hit them.

He was promoted to sergeant for his feat and soon became a professional footballer, first with Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, then Brondy in Denmark, and now Arminia Bielefeld in the German second division.

Christopher, whose younger South Africa-based brother, Felix, is also a regular national team starter as a midfielder, did not impress in the qualifiers for Angola, scoring just once.

And unless he rediscovers his scoring touch, Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) seem doomed to a sixth consecutive first round exit after tackling Group D opponents Cameroon, Tunisia and Gabon.

Born in the mining town of Mufulira 27 years ago, the 1,69 metre striker began his football career with Kalulushi Modern Stars and sprang to national prominence after joining army outfit, Green Buffaloes.