Zambia are at full strength after the five Zanaco players joined camp in South Africa for this weekends 2018 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) away qualifying date against Swaziland.
The five players left Lusaka after lunch on Tuesday just 24 hours after landing from Morocco where Zanaco were eliminated from the 2017 CAF Champions League quarterfinal race following Saturday’s 1-0 away loss to Wydad Casablanca.
The Zanaco CHAN call-ups are goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata, defenders Ziyo Tembo and Taonga Bwembya including forward Ernest Mbewe and Augustine Mulenga.
Zambia Under-20 midfielder Boyd Musonda was not selected.
They joined their counterparts from 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinalists Zesco United who arrived in Johannesburg on Monday afternoon.
The six Zesco players are defenders Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu and Kondwani Mtonga.
Attackers Dave Daka, John Chingandu and Jackson Mwanza complete the Zesco CHAN call-ups.
The arrivals from Zambia’s representatives in the just-ended CAF inter club group stage matches replaced the 8 players dropped after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Zimbabwe in the 2017 Cosafa Cup final played in Rustenburg.
Zambia will wrap-up their South Africa camp on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s CHAN first round,first leg match in Mbabane.
Swaziland will visit Zambia for the final leg on July 23 with the winner over both legs advancing to the final qualifying round in August.
Victor will next month face winner of the of first round tie between Botswana and Bafana Bafana who meet in Gaborone this weekend in the battle for a place in January’s tournament to be hosted by Kenya.