Wedson Nyirenda says the home-based players are getting to grips with his philosophy as Zambia entered day two of preliminary training camp ahead of the October 9 clash against Nigeria.
Zambia kicked off their training camp in Ndola on Monday where they will host Nigeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
“I think they are doing fine. They are getting into shape but as usual when you are a new coach in a team some players maybe skeptical but I think things are shaping up and they are doing a good job,” Nyirenda said.
The team on Tuesday was joined by the Zesco United contingent minus striker Jackson Mwanza and midfielder Kondwani Mtonga who are expected to report on Wednesday after they were excused to attend to some family matters.
The Zesco players have reported for training after Wednesday’s away league game against Lusaka Tigers was cancelled.
Nyirenda has also made a late surprise call-up of Power Dynamos goalkeeper Allan Chibwe who was also part of Tuesday training at Levy Stadium.
Chibwe brings to five the number of Power players in the Zambia camp.
“We are trying to give everyone a chance to showcase their talent, and like I said earlier, we are doing two phases at one time; that is to prepare the team for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, while we are also rebuilding the team,” Nyirenda said.
“We need to formulate and work hard to build a team that will stand the test of time.”
Zambia will break camp on Thursday and regroup on Sunday when the nine foreign-based players are expected to report for training camp.