Wedson Nyirenda has named his final 23-member team to face Nigeria in Ndola this Sunday with some interesting omissions and additions to the team.
In-form Power Dynamos striker Patson Daka, who has scored ten goals in all competition over the last two months for his club, has been dropped for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
However,Daka’s clubmates midfielder Fwayo Tembo, defender Lawrence Chungu and goalkeeper Allan Chibwe have made the cut.
But there is no Nkana player in the team following the axing of defender Donashano Malama.
Interestingly Meanwhile, Chibwe and Chungu were part of Wedson’s Zambia Under-17 team from the class of 2007 that also included Russian-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu and Zanaco deadball specialist Roderick Kabwe.
Zambia will host Nigeria on October 9 in a 14h30 kickoff at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in the two sides opening Group B qualifier.
GOALKEEPERS:Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)
DEFENDERS:Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos), Fackson Kapumbu,George Chilufya Ziyo Tembo (all Zanaco), Simon Silwimba (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Stopilla Sunzu (Lille, France)
MIDFIELDERS: Roderick Kabwe(Zanaco), Fwayo Tembo (Power Dynamos), Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Cletus Chama, John Chingandu, Misheck Chaila, Kondwani Mtonga (all Zesco United), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural, Russia)
STRIKERS: Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Winston Kalengo (AC Leopards, Congo-Brazzaville), Lewis Macha (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos), Collins Mbesuma (Highlands Park, South Africa)