Zambia’s bid to erase a poor 2015 has forced George Lwandamina to summon old guns Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa to try and lift Chipoopolo’s chances of reaching the knockout stage at the 2016 CHAN finals.
No senior and junior Zambia national team managed to advance from the group stage of any continental competition they qualified for in 2015.
The 2012 Africa Cup winning duo were surprise late call-ups for Zambia’s preliminary training camp that began in Lusaka December 22.
Striker Katongo and midfielder Chansa return after they were discarded in a radical shake-up of the team under Honour Janza that began in August 2014.
And the prospective departure of 30-year-old Zesco striker Winston Kalengo for El Merriekh in Sudan who scored three goals in the CHAN qualifiers may have forced FAZ to turn to the old guards after the junior prospects thrust onto the big stage to replace them flopped.
“Both Isaac and Christopher have already been spoken to and have since agreed to be part of the squad,” Football The duo is humbled by the call up and confidence shown in their abilities and have promised to give their best,” Football Association of Zambia spokesperson Nkweto Tembwe said.
“Chansa and Katongo have emphasised that they are doing this for the love of the country and will do their best to add value and experience which they have gained in their illustrious careers.”
Fortunately for Zambia, Katongo and Chansa return to the FAZ Super Division in 2015 to play for Green Buffaloes and 2014 for Zanaco respectively has given Chipolopolo an opportunity to tap into that experience as FAZ seeks to stem the downward spiral of results.