Herve Renard this afternoon in Kitwe made two shock omissions when he named his 18-man Zambia squad for Saturday’s 2010 World/Africa Cup Group 11 qualifier against Swaziland at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe.
Zesco United’s promising utility wingback William Chinyama has been dropped for the first time since making his debut last year against Congo-Brazzaville on June 2 in a 3-0 over the latter at the same venue.
Also dropped is Lusaka Dynamos defender Hichani Himoonde who is now looking like a non-Renard favorite after also missing out on Zambia’s two opening Group 11 games against Togo and Swaziland away on May 31 and June 15 respectively.
However, Zesco midfielder Rainford Kalaba who leaves for Portuguese side Sporting Braga after Saturday’s game is in the team after he was dropped for last weekend’s first leg match away to Swaziland that ended 0-0.
Kalaba is one of 6 players listed as home-based to make the team for the match against Swaziland.
Others are Zesco defender Nyambe Mulenga and Power Dynamos midfielder Francis Kasonde who returns after recovering from injury.
Kabwe Warriors striker Emmanuel Mayuka, Zanaco forward Roger Kola including his club mate and midfielder Stophira Sunzu complete the list of home-based players in the team.
Overall, Renard has kept faith in all his foreign-based players who have served him in the last two Group 11 games.
Renard meanwhile welcomes back midfielder Isaac Chansa of Helsingborg in Sweden who returns after serving a one-match suspension after he was red-carded in Zambia’s 1-0 loss away to Togo on May 31 in Accra, Ghana.
And this weekend’s match will mark Renards first home game in charge after two successive away games inwhich Zambia have managed only a point on the road.
The Frenchman is also in search of his first Group 11 victory as the pressure mounts on him to win his last two Group 11 games or Zambia’s interest in the qualifiers will come to an end.
Zambia are bottom of Group 11 with 1 point from two games played in their pool while Togo are second on 3 points and Swaziland leads on 4 points.
Kickoff for this weekend’s game will be at 14:00 hrs.
Goalkeeper: Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kalililo Kakonje (Amazulu, South Africa)
Defenders: Kampamba Chintu (Free State Stars, South Africa), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Billy Mwanza, Joseph Musonda (Both Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa)
Midfielders: Isaac Chansa (Helsingborg, Sweden), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United), Moses Felix Katongo (Stade Rennes, France), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), Stophira Sunzu (Zanaco), Clifford Mulenga (Bivest Wits, South Africa)
Strikers: James Chamanga (Dalian Haichang, China), Christopher Katongo (Brondby, Denmark), Roger Kola (Zanaco), Felix Sunzu (Avenir de La Marsa, Tunisia), Emmanuel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors), Jacob Mulenga (Racing Strasbourg, France)
2010 World/Africa Cup Group 11 Qualifier
Konkola Stadium, Chililabombwe
Faz Premier League
Zesco United- Nkwazi
City of Lusaka – Nchanga Rangers
Konkola Blades- Zanaco
Lusaka Dynamos- Roan United
Green Buffaloes- Red Arrows
Young Arrows- Chambishi
Kabwe Warriors- Nkana
Power Dynamos- Green Eagles