George Lwandamina has named his 22-member Cosafa Cup squad for this years tournament to be held in Namibia in June.
However, the team wholly comprising of home-based players is without three high-profile local stars.
Veteran’s Christopher Katongo of Green Buffaloes and Zanaco midfielder Isaac Chansa have been lift out despite starring at the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda and in Zambia’s 2017 Africa Cup qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville in March.
Also omitted is Nkana defender Christopher Munthali who missed March’s Group E doubleheader against Congo while serving a two-month suspension.
The team will go into preliminary camp in Ndola from April 24-27.
Meanwhile, the draws for the June 11-25 tournament will be held on April 25 in Windhoek.
Zambia are on a preliminary round bye and will enter the competition at the quarterfinal stage together with South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, guest side DR Congo and holders Namibia.
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Danny Munyao (Red Arrows), Racha Kola (Zanaco);
Defenders: Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Dauti Musekwa (Zesco United), Buchizya Mfune , Adrian Chama (both Green Buffaloes), George Chilufya (Zanaco)
Midfielders: Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri ,Charles Zulu (both Zanaco), Spencer Sautu, Mwila Phiri (both Green Eagles), Clatous Chama (Zesco United)
Strikers: Strikers: Adamson Mulawo (Green Eagles), Festus Mbewe (Red Arrows), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos)