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)
Is that the best sure?
That patson daka will cost you the job ,,, how good is he when he does nt score at club level
Boss Patson Daka is coming from K-Stars which Kalu owns and on loan to Nchanga so he is trying by all means to ensure the chap is sold at the expense of Zambia winning. All the local coaches will dance to Kalu’s tune over Daka.
Oh experience with long balls when it was evident the Guinea players were taller and beefy than the kapenta fed boys?You are in for a rude awakening in Windhoek.
Should we be beaten by namibia again then we wil be big *****s the world has never seen and we shall finaly conclude that truely our standard has fallen to that of primary school boys and y zambia when teams like cape verd have improved tremendously,something wrong and wat haz realy gone wrong?
George you’d better have your senses when selecting these players! Kalusha ruined Rodger Kola by insisting on playing him when clearly the boy was completely overwhelmed! This is what he’s doing to young Patson!
You cant have Patson on the field running around like a clueless patsz when you have far more rounded strikers on the bench!
Elo please there should be a natural pecking order!
You cant have your entire preferred starting line up on the bench in a crucial game bwana! bupuba ubo!
Grow some! Kalu and his cronies must not bully you!
I remember Kalu making you a ball boy while he took over coaching the Under 20 in 2007 Canada!
This Patson Daka boy lacks basic skills of playing football. The problems of most of the players we have now have never played-street football, they fail to kick the ball using the right part of the foot. What a shame-Look at the Messi’s of this world, they kick the ball using the part of the foot. For Mweene, paid the price, you disrespected Janza due to the remarks you made.
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