The Zambia national soccer team this afternoon takes on Tanzania in a friendly match at the National Stadium here in Dar es Salaam.
The match will to be played on an artificial turf at the old national stadium that stands dwarfed next to the brand-new Chinese-built 60,000 seat arena.
It is the first of two pre-Africa Cup build-up match lined up for Patrick Phiri’s team.
The other confirmed match is against Tunisia to be played on January 6 away in Tunis.
For today’s friendly, Patrick Phiri will have three foreign based players available for the match here in Dar es Salaam.
They include the Angolan based duo of strikers Dube Phiri and debutant Nephias Banda former of City of Lusaka and Power Dynamos.
Veteran defender Clive Hachilensa of Finland club Mariehamn is the third foreign-based player in the team.
Phiri will have no regular’s goalkeeper available for this match and has Roan United’s Mufwaya Makasa and Mike Poto of Green Buffaloes to battle for a place in-between the sticks this afternoon.
Inspirational midfielder Rainford Kalaba of newly crowned Zambia league champions Zesco United including his club mate and utility wingback William Chinyama available for the game.
Zanaco defender Kennedy Nkethani is the other high-profile home-based player in the team.
Kickoff is at 15:30 Zambian time and the team returns home tomorrow at 17:35.
Today’s meeting is the second time the two nations will face-off in an international friendly after drawing 1-1 in Morogoro on June 9.
Goalkeepers: Makasa Mufwaya (Roan United), Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes)
Defenders: Sekelani Mwale (Green Buffaloes), Kennedy Nkethani (Zanaco), William Chinyama (Zesco United), Clive Hachilensa (IFK Mariehamn, Finland).
Midfielders: George Chilufya (Nchanga Rangers), Shaft Katuka (Young Arrows), Jack Chileshe (Zanaco), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United), Ken Mwaba (Nakambala Leopards), Allan Mukuka (Mufulira Wanderers), Kennedy Mudenda (Power Dynamos)
Strikers: Francis Kombe, Elson Mukandawire, (Both Power Dynamos), Nephias Banda (AtlÃ©tico Sport AviaÃ§Ã£o, Angola), Ignatius Lwipa (Zanaco), Ben Mwanza (Roan United), Dube Phiri.