Zambia kicked off its countdown to next months formality 2017 Africa Cup qualifier at home against Kenya minus two coaches.
Nkana coach Aggrey Chiyangi and Elijah Chikwanda from Nkwazi were conspicuously absent from the first day of training in Ndola.
The duo were drafted to the bench in May but their unsuccessful command of the team at the Cosafa Cup in Namibia in head coach George Lwandamina’s absence may have just cost them their positions.
Zambia were eliminated at the quarterfinal stage for a second straight season and later lost 1-0 in the Plate final.
“It looks like they will only be replaced after the new coach comes,” a source familiar with the development said during a June period Lwandamina was busy with Zesco United’s 2016 CAF Champions League Group A obligations.
On Monday, Lwandamina was in charge of day one training alongside long-serving Zambia assistant Kampamba Chintu.
Meanwhile, 27 home-based call-ups are in camp minus Nkana defender Christopher Munthali.
Munthali missed the first day of training due to the passing of his brother and ex-Power Dynamos midfielder Norman Munthali who died on Thursday in Kitwe and was put to rest on Saturday in Lusaka.
The defender is expected to join camp on Tuesday.
-FAZ Super Division
Lumwana Radiants 1 (Hilary Bwalya 80′)-Forest Rangers 0
Nakambala Leopards 2(Felix Bulaya 49′, Venecious Mapande 58′ pen)-Nkwazi 2(Mwila Kabwe 90′, Kalaba Chikwanda 90+2)
Mufulira Wanderers 0-Green Eagles 1(Claude Bwalya 46′)
Nkana 2(Walter Bwalya 27′ 30′ pen) )-Mufulira Blackpool 0
Lusaka Dynamos 1(Thomas Mbolela 87′)-Lusaka Tigers 0
Zanaco 2(Richard Kasonde 72′, Seith Sakala 80′)-Nchanga Rangers 0
Green Buffaloes 0-Kabwe Warriors 1(Godfrey Ngwenya 72′)
Napsa Stars 0-Red Arrows 1(Francis Kombe 80′)
Zesco United-Power Dynamos (Postponed)
After games played 31/07/2016
Walter Bwalya (Nkana):13
Jesse Were (Zesco): 12
Seith Sakala (Zanaco): 8
Steward Chikandiwa (Nkwazi):7
Fwayo Tembo(Power Dynamos):6
Josphat Kasusu(Kabwe Warriors):6
Justin Shonga (Nkwazi):6
Venecious Mapande (Nakambala):5
Kennedy Mudenda (Power Dynamos):5
Martin Phiri(Power Dynamos):5
Ronald Chibwe (Forest):5
Felix Nyaende (Forest Rangers): 5
Jack Chirwa(Green Buffaloes):4
Kalaba Chikwanda (Nkwazi):4
Rahim Osumanu (Wanderers):4
Brian Mwila(Green Buffaloes):4
Edward Mwamba (Nkwazi):4
Jacob Phiri(Kabwe Warriors):4
Roderick Kabwe (Zanaco):4
Isaac Chansa (Zanaco): 4
Simon Bwalya (Nkana):4
Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco):4
Meki Kabeya Mulume(Nchanga Rangers):4
Claude Bwalya(Kabwe Warriors/Green Eagles): 3
Godfrey Ngwenya(Kabwe Warriors):3
Jackson Mwanza (Zesco):3
Cletus Chama (Zesco): 3
Martin Bwalya (Lusaka Tigers):3
Mathews Macha(Napsa Stars):3
Spencer Sautu(Green Eagles):3
Guily Manziba (Nkana):3
Christopher Katongo (Green Buffaloes):3
Joseph Kasongo (Wanderers):3