Zesco United depart for Abidjan in the early hours of Tuesday morning from Lusaka ahead of Sunday’s Caf Africa Champions League first round, first leg match away to Africa Sport to be played in Abidjan.
The 18-man team includes defender Hichani Himoonde who recently recovered from a broken metatarsal that left has seen him out of action since December prior to his 12-month loan move from Lusaka Dynamos to the 2008 league champions.
Himoonde’s fellow on-loan signing from Dynamos midfielder Josphat Nkhoma, who has also been out of action fot the last two months due to injury, is also set to make his Zesco Champions League debut this coming weekend.
And with key striker Enoch Sakala ruled out of the first leg away to Africa Sport due to suspension, Liberian-born front-man Ben Martins will take his place while defender Kunda Mushota returns after serving a club disciplinary ban.
Meanwhile, newly signed striker Jackson Mwanza, defender Leonard Silungwe and midfielder Yonah Mwango will not travel with the team to make way for fullback Nyambe Mulenga, midfielder Jonas Sakuwaha and goalkeeper Jacob Banda.
Mulenga, Banda and Sakuwaha are in Abidjan where they were part of the Zambia national team at the just-ended CHAN tournament.
The Africa Sport- Zesco United match will be played on Sunday at Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny in Abidjan at 17:30 Zambian time.
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda, Charles Chisha
Defenders: William Chinyama, Hichani Himoonde, Chalwe Kabamba, Roger Kamwandi, Kunda Mushota, Nyambe Mulenga
Midfielders: William Chikwete, Innocent Mwaba, Maybin Mwaba, Josphat Nkhoma, George Phiri, Lottie Phiri, Jonas Sakuwaha,
Strikers: Clifford Chipalo, Ben Martins, Nicholas Zulu