Chisamba Lungu has joined the Zambia camp ahead of next weeks 2015 Africa Cup Group F qualifiers against Niger.
The midfielder from Russian club FC Ural joined his home-based counterparts in training at the teams Lusaka camp on Thursday.
Chisamba is also the first of the 12 foreign-based call-ups to join camp.
The rest of the foreign call-ups are due to join the team after their respective league commitments abroad this weekend.
Meanwhile, 13 out of the 17 home-based call ups were in training in Lusaka.
Missing was Fwayo Tembo who is away in Tanzania where he is trying to tie-up a deal with mainland champions Azam.
Also absent were three other players.
Nkana defender Christopher Munthali who was missing due to a family commitment, Napsa Stars’ Boyd Mkandawire has a bereavement while Red Arrows striker Patrick Ngoma is writing his Grade 12 exams.
Zambia are third in Group F with one point from two games played.
Honour Janza’s side visit bottom placed Niger, also on one point, on October 11 in Niamey before hosting the side from the Sahel on October 15 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.