Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa will headline Zambia’s campaign at the 2016 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) after making the final cut.
Katongo and Chansa of Green Buffaloes and Zanaco respectively will be making their debut appearance at the CHAN finals just four years after winning the latter tournaments flagship event the 2012 Africa Cup co-hosted by Gabon annd Equatorial Guinea.
CHAN is a second tier Africa Cupo exclusively for domestic-based players.
Also in the team are Zesco United goalkeeper Jacob Banda and Zanaco defender George Chilufya.
The duo are the only survivors from Zambia’s only other CHAN appearance back in 2009 when Chipolopolo won bronze at the inaugural tournament hosted by Cote d’Ivoire.
Meanwhile, axed are Zanaco goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata including defenders Boyd Mkandawire of Napsa and Benedict Chepeshi Red Arrows.
And Zambia are expected to leave for Johannesburg on Friday where they have one friendly on the cards against Angola.
Zambia are in Group D at the CHAN that will run from January 16 to February 7.
They will in their Group D fixtures face Zimbabwe in their opening match on January 19, Uganda on January 23 and Mali on January 27.
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Racha Kola (Zanaco), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warriors)
Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Power Dynamos), George Chilufya (Zanaco), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Buchizya Mfune, Adrian Chgama, Stephen Kabamba (All Green Buffaloes), Dauti Musekwa (Zesco United), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors)
Midfielders: Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Mwape Mwelwa, Cletus Chota (both Zesco United), Spencer Sautu, Mwila Phiri (both Green Eagles), Salulani Phiri, Isaac Chansa (Zanaco), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes)
Strikers:Conlyde Luchanga, Patson Daka (both Power Dynamos), Adamson Mulao (Green Eagles), Christopher Katongo (Green Buffaloes)