Rangers forward Fashion Sakala has been warned not to respond to abuse from a section of Zambia supporters after he blasted back at critics.

The Ibrox winger released a lengthy personal statement on social media earlier this week after the "vicious insults and endless booing" he faced on international duty.

However, Zambia hero Kennedy Mweene has urged Sakala to ignore the abuse and instead answer his critics on the pitch.

But Mweene went on to tell Sakala that the abuse he faced is "just the beginning" as he stated that the fans "own" players for as long as they represent the national team.

Speaking to Bola News, Mweene said: “I think one thing I will say not only to Fashion but to all the young Chipolopolo players is that when they [fans] say all those things, don’t go and respond to them.

“You know how passionate Zambians are about football. Don’t go to social media to respond to critics; answer them on the pitch, it's not worth it to be answering what's being said on social media.

“In Zambia, he must be prepared [for more criticism], this is just the beginning, as long as you play for the national team, those people [fans] own you, my friend. You must know that.

“He should not take it personal but learn from the criticism that is thrown at him. But don’t react on social media, that's what made some of us be where we are today."

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Sakala's Instagram statement had read: "Being called for National Team games has and will always be an honour to me. However this time it has been very difficult and by far the worst experience of my entire career.

"Over the years I have endured the pain of being insulted endlessly by the Zambian fans for my style of playing, game after game. The game we had in South Africa on the 26th March 2023 was no different as I was brutally insulted, being called selfish etc by Zambian fans at the Stadium before the game started.

"I am a winger. I am highly trained to dribble, cause threats to opponents and have as many touches as it profits the team to have more chances and I believe that’s why I have been playing successfully in Europe for 7 years .

"I have no doubt that my performances in Europe contribute immensely in the decisions that grant me being called for National team games and to add value to the squad.

"I am very disappointed in the Zambian fans for the vicious insults and endlessly booing directed to me, when I have done nothing but show hard work, sacrifice, dedication and commitment to win games for my country.

"I appreciate the support I’m receiving from my family,National team coach, the entire management, my team mates and all the fans that has shown me love and support.

"I will continue to wear my national team jersey with pride because Zambia represent unity."