Wedson Nyirenda has dropped Lusaka Dynamos midfielder and captain Clatous Chama plus two other high profile players for this weekends friendly against Ethiopia.
Zambia will host Ethiopia this Saturday in friendly at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
The match will be Zambia’s buildup ahead of their August 12 away date against South Africa in a 2018 CHAN final round, first leg qualifier.
Chama’s omission is believed to be on disciplinary reasons after he stormed off the pitch in Zambia’s 3-0 home win over Swaziland on July 22 when he was substituted in the 37th minute and replaced by John Chingandu.
Also dropped are Zanaco defender Taonga Bwembya and Zesco Midfielder Dave Daka.
Green Buffaloes midfielder Mike Katiba returns to the team after missing the Swaziland CHAN qualifying matches due to a head injury he sustained in Zambia’s 3-1 loss to Zimbabwe in the 2017 COSAFA Cup final on July 9 in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Otherwise ,Nyirenda has kept faith in the team that eliminated Swaziland 7-0 on aggregate from the first round of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers.
GOALKEEPERS:Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)
DEFENDERS:Donaciano Malama, Moses Nyondo(both Nkana), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos),Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Webster Mulenga (Red Arrows), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes)
MIDFIELDERS:Boston Muchindu(Nkana),Kondwani Mtonga,John Chingandu (both Zesco United), Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos),Jack Chirwa,Mike Katiba (both Green Buffaloes),Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars)
STRIKERS:Lubinda Mundia(Red Arrows),Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco),Justin Shonga (Nkwazi),Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos)