Clive Hachilensa is expected be the only foreign-based player Coach Patrick Phiri will have available as Zambia prepares to face Tanzania with a makeshift squad away in a friendly international on for November 21 in Dar es Salaam.
Not even one South African-based player is expected to be named in the team that will be unveiled tomorrow, Friday.
Zambia coach Patrick Phiri confirmed the development today and that Hachilensa of Finish top-flight club Mariehamn would be the only foreign-based player in Tuesday’s travelling party to face Tanzania.
Phiri however revealed that he was hoping to call-up playmaker Isaac Chansa from Swedish top-flight club Helsingborg whose season came to a close in late October.
FAZ meanwhile has defended its decision to send a second-string team to Dar next week saying it will give Phiri a chance to look at a couple of potential standby players ahead of next years Africa Cup of Nations.
The revelation is a blow to local football fans who were hoping to have a rare opportunity to at least see Phiri field a quality team of first-team campaigners in action for Zambia in a friendly match on a FIFA match date.
Meanwhile, the Zambia U23 lift for Ivory Coast Thursday afternoon.
Peter Kaumba prior to departure also named his 19-man team to face Ivory Coast Under-23 on Sunday in the two teams crucial Olympic Games Group B penultimate stage qualifier.
Kaumba dropped three players from his team goalkeeper Jacob Banda from Zesco United including midfielders Norman Munthali & Timothy Mbewe of Power Dynamos and Red Arrows respectively.
Zambia Under-23 Team:
Goalkeepers: Kalililo Kakonje (Nathi Lions, South Africa), Rabson Muchelenganga (Power Dynamos).
Defenders: Bronson Chama, Clive Sichondwe (Both Kabwe Warriors), Maybin Chishimba (Green Buffaloes), Eugene Shamakamba (Zamtel FC), Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos), Davies Nkausu (Pretoria University, South Africa), Charles Siyingwa (Konkola Blades).
Midfielders: Francis Kasonde, Simon Bwalya (Both Power Dynamos), Stophira Sunzu (Konkola Blades), William Njobvu (Luaska Dynamos).
Strikers: Given Singuluma (Bay United, South Africa), Signs Chibambo (Nakambala Leopards), Emmanuel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors), Christopher Musonda (Forest Rangers), Reuben Tembo (Green Buffaloes), Felix Sunzu (Konkola Blades)