KANGAR: Zambian hitman Phillimon Chepita may have surprised many with his hat-trick for Perlis in their 4-0 win over Terengganu in a Premier I match at Stadium Utama on Saturday. But for Chepita, it's all just in a day's work.
The 22-year-old striker said he always sets his sights on scoring as many goals as possible whenever he steps onto the field.
“No, I am not at all surprised that I scored a hat-trick because I have told myself that I would try to score as many goals as possible when I am on the field,” said Chepita, who top scored with 13 goals for his club Lusaka Dynamos in the Zambian Super League last season.
“As such, the three goals I scored were quite expected.
“Anyway, the goals and the victory were fitting belated birthday gifts for me. Believe me, there's more to come.”
Chepita, who had featured for the Zambian national team in the World Cup qualifiers as well as in the African Nations Cup, celebrated his 22nd birthday on Feb 2.
Former national assistant coach Norizan Bakar, who is in charge of the Northern Lions, is happy with the winning start, though he is not about to get carried away with it.
“It is a very positive start to our league campaign. But there is still much to be done as there are still weaknesses to be ironed out ,” said Norizan.
Asked about Chepita's performance, Norizan said the Zambian did exactly what he was hired to do.
Norizan is hoping that another Zambian, Kelvin Musungu, would add more bite to his strikeforce.
The 19 year-old Musungu, who is said to be even more lethal than Chepita, was forced to sit out Saturday's clash as he has yet to get his international transfer certificate (ITC).