Uninspiring call-ups headline Zambia’s Cosafa Cup team

Ocean Mushure of Zimbabwe challenged by Mukuka Mulenga of Zambia during the Cosafa Cup Final Match mach between Zimbabwe and Zambia on the 20 July 2013 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Ocean Mushure of Zimbabwe challenged by Mukuka Mulenga of Zambia during the Cosafa Cup Final Match mach between Zimbabwe and Zambia on the 20 July 2013 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Zambia ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Zambia will send an uninspiring 20-man side to the 2016 Cosafa Cup.

The twenty include 2017 Africa Cup qualifier villians Boyd Mkandawire of Napsa Stars and Adrian Chama from Green Buffaloes.

The Zambia bench has kept faith in the defenders despite their poor showing in Zambia’s 3-2 away loss to Guinea Bissau that ended Chipolopolo’s interest in the competition.

The duo were at the center of Guinea Bissau’s last minute winner on June 4.

Power Dynamos utility midfielder Benson Sakala and Nchanga Rangers’ promising winger and deadball specialist Emmanuel Banda failed to make the cut.

However, Sakala’s club mate and bench-warmer Patson Daka has made the cut.

In attack, only Steward Chikandiwa has scored more goals than his two other strike partners in the Namibia-bound team with six goals in all competition.

Conlyde Luchanga of second from bottom Lusaka Dynamos has one goal while Arrows’ Festus Mbewe has none.

Mbewe is also one of five players from struggling Arrows who are currently sixth from last in 13th place and without a win in their last six matches since beating Nakambala Leopards 1-0 in Lusaka on May 4.

Meanwhile, Zambia will kickoff their Cosafa Cup campaign on June 19 against the winner from Group A that will be decided on Wednesday.

Swaziland (4 points), Madagascar (4 points), Zimbabwe ( 2 points), and the Seychelles (zero points) are the teams in Group A.

Zambia head to the Cosafa Cup also hoping to avoid another quarterfinal exit after losing on post-match penalties at the same stage in 2015 in South Africa at the hands of eventual winners Namibia that saw them drop to the consolation Plate event where they 1-0 lost in that final to Malawi.


Goalkeepers: Racha Kola (Zanaco), Daniel Munyao (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warriors)

Defenders: Buchizya Mfune, Adrian Chama (Both Green Buffaloes), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Emmanuel Musekwa (Lusaka Tigers), Webster Mulenga, Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows)

Midfielders: Clatus Chama (Zesco United), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Jacob Ngulube (Nkana), Salulani Phiri, Charles Zulu (both Zanaco), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos)

Strikers: Steward Chikandiwa (Nkwazi), Festus Mbewe (Red Arrows), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos)


  1. Wasting our taxes. Who selected this team when we are told the national team has no coach. Kamanga is busy tinkering the wrong areas, # replacing the team doctor# replacing goal keeper coach # anouncing the coming of an expatriate coach when u have not even found one.
    My confidence in this executive is diminishing very fast…..

  2. Wasting our taxes. I am in Namibia but there’s no way I will go watch such a bunch of losers. Let them stay at home

  3. Wrungu has contaminated all institutions that why now Zambia has become the center of mediocrity in everything.

  4. The sharpest strikers as of today in zambia’s leaque are from zanaco ,but i cant see them on this bogus list.salulani and charles are midfielders.who selected these players people were accusing kalu of interferance he is gone now who is behind this

    • Its terrible, I can’t see Kabwe Rodrick and others from Zanaco that are doing fine, those from Kabwe warriors and many more that are doing well on an individual basis. Do the coaches watch these games. Maybe they do not because they only televise two matches per weekend and if this is the time he needs to prepare his team, he will not have time to watch another team. So we get what we are used to!! Coachezeee?

  5. I am wondering whether it is performance or favoritism in football. What’s wrong with the us? We know some of these players their performance at club level is very low and non of the boys from the team that are performing well. Are you telling me that the performance of Katema can be compared to Isaac Chansa? Are you telling me that the performance of Boyd Mkandawire can be like that of the Boy from Mufulira Wonderers. If you are observant of the progress of football the Boys at Mufulira wonderers play far much better football even if they are not positioned well on the log than some of the players select. Be serious guys

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