Eight players from Zambia’s 2017 Cosafa Cup team have been dropped for this weekends 2018 CHAN away qualifier against Swaziland
Prominent on the list of players dropped for the Swaziland trip are defenders Lawrence Chungu and Webster Mulenga including midfielder Mwila Phiri, who all started in the 3-1 Cosafa Cup final loss to Zimbabwe at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg..
Midfielder Mike Katiba, who got injured in the 39th minute against Zimbabwe and replaced by Lubinda Mundia, has also been dropped.
The 8 have made way for 11 players from Zanaco and Zesco United who had CAF club cup obligations during the duration of the Cosafa Cup.
But there’s no place for Power Dynamos midfielder Fwayo Tembo who has 7 goals this season.
Instead Nyirenda has called Fwayo’s clubmate Martin Phiri who has netted 3 goals so far this season.
Meanwhile, the 13 players,who include Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Cletus Chama, will fly into South Africa where Zambia remain in camp until Thursday when they travel to Swaziland for the CHAN first round, first leg qualifier.
The winner over both legs will advance to the last round in August where they will face South Africa or Botswana in August for a place in January’s finals to be held in Kenya.
GOALKEEPERS: Kelvin Malunga (Nkana), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco)
DEFENDERS: Taonga Bwembya, Ziyo Tembo (both Zanaco), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars), Isaac Shamujompa (Nchanga Rangers), Fackson Kapumbu, Simon Silwimba (both Zesco United)
MIDFIELDERS:Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos), Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, John Chin’gandu (both Zesco United), Clatous Chama (Lusaka Dynamos), Augustine Mulenga, Ernest Mbewe (both Zanaco )
STRIKERS:Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes), Justin Shonga (Nkwanzi), Lubinda Mundia (Red Arrows), Jackson Mwanza, Davy Daka (both Zesco United FC), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos)