The Zambia national football team gathered in Lusaka today ahead of this Saturday’s friendly international match away to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam .
Patrick Phiri has named one new call-up to the team for Saturday’s friendly with the inclusion of Lusaka Dynamos defender Hichani Himoonde in place of Elijah Tana.
Tana is nursing a calf injury and he is expected to be out of action for the next seven days forcing Phiri to draft-in the giant Zambia Under 23 defender.
Missing for Saturday’s away friendly game are strikers Collins Mbesuma and Jacob Mulenga of Maritimo in Portugal and Chateauroux in France respectively.
Mbesuma has returned to Portugal to sort out his club future in Europe.
Mulenga has been excused for the friendly but will be available for next weekend 2008 Africa Cup Group 11 qualifier against Chad on June to be played a venue yet to be announced by Faz.
Striker Christopher Katongo of Brondby will be available for the Tanzania friendly before returning to his Danish club after the match.
Zambia departs for Dar es Salaam at 10:30 Friday.
Meanwhile, Faz has yet to decide whether they will continue playing at Konkola stadium following the death of 12 fans in a stampede on June 2 at the end of Zambia’s 3-0 win there over Congo-Brazzaville in another Group 11 qualifier.
GOALKEEPERS: George Kolala (Zanaco), Charles Chileshe (Nchanga Rangers), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa).
DEFENDERS: Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos), Billy Mwanza (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Kennedy Nkthani (Both Zanaco), Mark Sinyangwe (Nkana FC), Patrick Masosa (Green Buffaloes).
MIDFIELDERS: James Chamanga (SuperSport United, South Africa), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United), Felix Katongo (Clube Desportivo 1Âº de Agosto, Angola ), Noel Mwandila (Green Buffaloes).
FORWARDS: Songwe Chalwe (Moroka Swallows, South Africa), Christopher Katongo (Brondby, Denmark), Ignatius Lwipa (Zanaco), Dube Phiri (Red Arrows), Enoch Sakala, Jonah Sakuwaha (Both Zesco United).