George Lwandamina will stay home to coach Zambia and skip Zesco United’s CAF Champions League away game against Horoya.
Lwandamina is stretched between club and country with two crucial matches for Zesco and Zambia being played in a period of three days on March 20 and March 23 respectively.
He has for the last two weeks juggled between Zesco’s Champions League commitments and training Zambia’s home-based players in camp ahead of next weeks 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifiers against Congo-Brazzaville including the return leg set for March 27.
Leaders Congo and 2nd placed Zambia are tied on 4 points in Group E heading into their doubleheader.
And Zesco assistant coach Tenant Chembo will be in charge of the clubs’ for Sunday’s first round, final leg match against Horoya whom they lead 4-1 from the first leg played on March 12 in Ndola.
“The head coach (George Lwandamina) is not traveling with the team because he is committed with the national team,” Zesco spokesperson Katebe Chengo said.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s home-based players camped in Ndola for the Group E qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville on Wednesday afternoon played a training game against Young Zesco beating them 3-0.
Conlyde Luchanga scored a brace while Cletus Chama scored the other goal.
And Zesco’s 19-member team, that includes all four Zambia call-ups, leaves for Conakry on Thursday afternoon from Ndola.
Zesco need a draw against Horoya to advance to next months Champions League pre-group stage
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda, Brown Nyirenda
Defenders: Ben Banh, Dauti Musekwa, David Owino, Simon Silwimba, Bernard Mapili, Emmanuel Mayuka,
Midfielders: Anthony Agay, Misheck Chaila, Cletus Chama, Mwape Mwelwa,Kondawani Mtonga, Maybin Mwaba
Strikers: Jesse Were, Idriss Mbombo, Jackson Mwanza, Lazarous Kambole, John Chingandu