Any hopes Christopher Katongo and Jacob Mulenga may have had of going to the 2015 Africa Cup have been quashed after Honour Janza shut the door on them.
Katongo of PSL club Bidvest wits and Jacob from Turkish second division club Adana Demirspor have both been overlooked for Zambia’s provisional 26-man team named on Tuesday for final team selection.
The ex-Zambia captain has not been part of Janza’s plans since he was banished from the team after the 0-0 away draw against Niger on October 11 in a 2015 Africa Cup Group F qualifier.
Jacob’s unsatisfactory showing in the Group F qualifiers also made his selection chances slim despite shining in Turkey where he has scored seven goals in 13 matches.
But Emmanuel Mayuka of Southampton and has yet to score for the English club has made the provisional team.
Also overlooked for selection is Israeli-based striker Rodgers Kola who is Africa’s top striker in Israel with seven goals in 13 games.
Kola of league leaders Kiryat Shmona has scored four goals more than Evans Kangwa who has made the provisional team.
Meanwhile, Nkana striker Reynold Kampamba and midfielder Lubambo Musonda of Armenian club Ulisses have made the team.
Red Arrow winger Bruce Musakanya has been picked so too has his club mate, 2014 Cosafa U20 Cup winning striker and Golden Boot winner Patrick Ngoma who scored seven goals at the just-ended tournament in Zimbabwe has received Janza’s nod.
Janza is expected to name his final 23 by the January 7 deadline set by CAF for final team lists for the tournament Equatorial Guinea will host from january 17 to February 8.
Meanwhile, Zambia fly out to Johannesburg on December 26 for final phase of team selection and training camp .
Zambia will also play South Africa in a friendly on January 4 in a 15h00 kick off at Orlando Stadium.
Goalkeepers:Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns,South Africa), Daniel Munyau (Red Arrows), Toaster Nsabata (Nchanga Rangers), Joshua Titima(Power Dynamos)
Defenders:Bronson Chama(Red Arrows), Christopher Munthali, Donashano Malama (Both Nkana),Stopilla Sunzu (Sochaux, France),Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel Ra’anana,Israel), Aaron Katebe (FC Platinum, Zimbabwe), Davies Nkausu (Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa)
Midfielders:Roderick Kabwe (Zanaco), Kondwani Mtonga (Zesco United),Rainford Kalaba(TP Mazembe,DRC),Chisamba Lungu(FC Ural, Russia),Lubambo Musonda (FC Ulisses,Armenia), Bruce Musakanya(Red Arrows), Nathan Sinkala(Grasshopper,Switzerland),Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Mukuka Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa)
Strikers: Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe, DRC), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Ra’anana, Israel), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana)