Zambia face DR Congo in a friendly international in Lubumbashi this Saturday, November 15.
The match will be the first meeting between the two teams since December 14, 2005 when Zambia beat DR Congo 4-1 on a rain-drenched Arthur Davies pitch in Kitwe on a stormy Friday afternoon.
Coach Herve Renard is using the match as one of two warm-up games ahead of Zambia’s 2009 Caf Africa Nations Championship 2nd round, 1st leg qualifier against Angola on November 30 away in Luanda.
The second friendly match will also be an away match on Wednesday, November 19 against Morocco in Rabat.
Renard’s team facing DR Congo comprises wholly of home-based players out of which three are expected to make their senior debuts in Lubumbashi.
The trio includes the Kabwe Warriors duo of midfielders Methuselah Chipupu and Maonga Kabuku including Josphet Nkhoma of Lusaka Dynamos.
Meanwhile, all the foreign-based players, excluding the injured trio of Felix Katongo, James Chamanga and Isaac Chansa, will join the team on Monday from their respective bases en route to Morocco.
Zambia leaves for Morocco on Sunday evening just after driving down from Lubumbashi earlier on the same day.
Team for DR Congo friendly:
Goalkeepers: Rabson Mucheleng’nga (Power Dynamos), Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes), Jacob Banda (Zesco United)
Defenders: Bronson Chama (Kabwe Warriors), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos), Elijah Tana (Nchanga Rangers), Luka Tembo (Zanaco), Whiteson Simwanza (Young Arrows), Joseph Zimba (Red Arrows)
Midfielders: Kebby Hachipuka (Green Eagles),Methuselah Chipupu, Maonga Kabuku (Both Kabwe Warriors),Kennedy Mudenda (Power Dynamos), William Njobvu, Josphat Nkhoma (Both Lusaka Dynamos)
Forwards: Lottie Phiri (Zesco United),Felix Sunzu Jnr (Konkola Blades), Christopher Musonda (Power Dynamos)
Weekend Football Fixtures:
Faz Premier League
Nkwazi- Zesco United
Nchanga Rangers-City of Lusaka
Roan United-Lusaka Dynamos
Red Arrows-Green Buffaloes
Green Eagles-Power Dynamos