Zambia coach George Lwandamina has named a 26-member provisional team for Chipolopolo’s 2016 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) outing in Rwanda next month.
The team has a surprise recall for defender George Chilufya of Zanaco and formerly of Nchanga Rangers who is one of two original members in the team of the 2009 bronze medal winning squad under Herve Renard.
Sadly Chilufya gets the nod ahead of his central defensive partner at Zanaco club mate Ziyo Tembo.
Tembo has been a key figure in Zanaco’s backline this season where he has produced some solid never-say-die performances for The Bankers that have continued to go unseen for the Sunset side who finished second on the log in the 2015 campaign.
Strangely also, Green Eagles despite their poor performance this season when they finished 10th still have three players in the team while promoted Nkwazi and Mufulira Wanderers, who finished 5th and 7th respectively, have none for the CHAN selection trials that begin on December 14.
Meanwhile, eight of the players from the Under-23 team have also continued to enjoy favour for the final tournament selection that will run from January 6 to February 7 in Rwanda.
GOALKEEPERS: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Daniel Munyao (Red Arrows), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)
DEFENDERS:Christopher Munthali (Power Dynamos), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Donashano Malama (Nkana), George Chilufya (Zanaco), Bichizya Mfune, Adrian Chama (both Green Buffaloes), Dauti Musekwa (Zesco United)
MIDFIELDERS: Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors), Benson Sakala, Patson Daka (both Power Dynamos), Mwape Mwelwa, Cletus Chota (both Zesco United), Spencer Sautu, Mwila Phiri (both Green Eagles), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco)
STRIKERS: Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Festus Mbewe (Red Arrows), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Adamson Mulao (Green Eagles), Winston Kalengo (Zesco United)