George Lwandamina has named his 23-man provisional team for this weekends 2016 CHAN
qualifier against Namibia.
Zambia will be away in Windhoek this Saturday to play a first round, first leg qualifier.
The team includes a surprise and overdue debut call-up for veteran midfielder Buchizya Mfune who despite a promising career at Kitwe United before going to Green Buffaloes was never selected.
Red Arrows defender Bronson Chama has also been recalled and is one of four players with over ten year experience in the team together with Mfune, striker Winston Kalengo and Allan Mukuka.
Lwandamina has clearly gone for experience after Zambia’s failure to qualify for the second tier Africa Cup for home-based players in 2011 and 2014 following their bronze medal win in the inaugural tournament in 2009 hosted by Cote d’Ivoire.
And unattached midfielder Lubambo Musonda who left Armenian club FC Ulisses two months ago halfway through a one year deal is also in the team.
The team, that has 11 players from the 2017 AFCON qualifiers call-ups, entered camp in Lusaka on Monday and will train from National Heroes Stadium.
Meanwhile,Namibia will host Zambia in the first leg on June 20 while the final leg will be played on July 4.
Winner will face Mozambique or Seychelles in the final round decider in October for a place at next years tournament in Rwanda.
Victor of the Zambia/Namibia game will be at home in the final round, first leg qualifier on October 17 while the final leg will be played a week later.
Goalkeepers:Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Jacob Banda(Zesco United),Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)
Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Power Dynamos), Donashano Malama, Kapota Kayawe (both Nkana), Fackson Kapumbu (Zanaco), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Bronson Chama, Benedict Chepeshi (both Red Arrows), Webster Mulenga(Nakambala Leopards)
Midfielders: Justin Zulu, Kondwani Mtonga (both Zesco United), Shadreck Malambo, Paul Katema (both Red Arrows), Jack Chirwa, Buchizya Mfune (both Green Buffaloes), Lubambo Musonda (Unattached)
Strikers:Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Jimmy Ndhlovu (Power Dynamos), Allan Mukuka (Green Buffaloes), Patson Daka (Nchanga Rangers)