The University of Zambia (UNZA) was today treated to rare spectacle when the Zambia national team took day 3 of training camp to the campus’ sports field.
Patrick Phiri’s team switched training today from their Longacres training venue at the Bank of Zambia Sports Complex to UNZA because the pitch was being used for another function.
Students stood on the touch-line chanting for the most recognizable players in training and certainly did not shy away from passing any displeasure with any poor pass, shot or move display by the players in training.
“I think we should be coming more often here (UNZA) to train,” Phiri said with a sly grin.
The students also asked why ex-international striker Harry Milanzi now based in Angola who announced his international retirement in January last year was not recalled.
Milanzi has conspicuously been in the press of late mounting a innocuous campaign in a seemingly thinly veiled attempt to announce a change of heart.
Meanwhile, again today only 12 players trained without captain Christopher Katongo who is expected to join camp on Sunday evening after attending to a business commitment in South Africa.
Phiri also revealed that his bench was weighing options about playing either Namibia or Zimbabwe next weekend in Lusaka before heading to Spain on December 23.
Should both matches fall through, Zambia could play DR Congo club TP Mazembe next weekend in Lusaka in a training game.
TP are in Zambia on a pre-season tour while they prepare for their participation in the Caf Africa Champions League next February.
Zambia will this weekend take a two-day breather before resuming training on Monday when the missing Zesco United players are all due to join the team in camp.
Zesco’s Zambia call-ups of midfielder Rainford Kalaba plus defenders Roger Kamwandi and William Chinyama are expected to join the squad on Sunday after playing in the Mosi Cup final with their club.
Defending Mosi Cup champions Zesco play Red Arrows in the final tomorrow at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka in a repeat of last years meeting that the former won 2-0.
2008 CAF AFRICA WOMENS CUP PRELIMINARY RND 2ND LEG
Zambia – Zimbabwe*
*Zimbabwe lead 3-1 from 1st leg