Wedson names squad to face Nigeria

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Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda
Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda

Wedson Nyirenda has named his final 23-member Zambia team that will battle Nigeria on October 7 in the two sides penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier away in Uyo.

Two regular veterans continue to be overlooked by Nyirenda in particular the TP Mazembe duo of Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala who have yet again both been snubbed.

The duo was earlier also overlooked for the September 2 and 5 Group B dates against Algeria.

Overall, Nyirenda has kept faith in the same players who served him in well in the 3-1 home and 1-0 away Group B victories over Algeria last month.

Midfielder Edward Chilfuya who was dropped for the Algeria engagements due to an administrative problem is back in the team.

The 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup quarterfinalist and 2017 U20 AFCON winner is set for his first senior cap against Algeria.

Meanwhile, Zambia leaves for Ghana this Sunday to hold a four-day transit training camp on their way to Nigeria.

All 11 foreign-based players will link up with their 12 home-based compatriots in Accra on Sunday and Monday.

Zambia is 2nd in Group B and three points behind Nigeria on 7 and 10 points from four games played.

Third placed Cameroon and bottom of the log Algeria are out of the race on 3 and 1 point respectively.

GOALKEEPERS: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)

DEFENDERS: Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stoppilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula, Russia), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)

MIDFIELDERS: Chisamba Lungu (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Edward Chilufya (Djurgårdens, Sweden), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila (both Zesco United), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering, Austria), Emmanuel Banda (KV Oostende, Belgium), Roderick Kabwe (Ajax Cape Town ,South Africa), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)

STRIKERS: Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Brian Mwila (Platinum Stars, South Africa), Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)

35 COMMENTS

  1. WHERE IN NIGERIA IS UYO? I MEAN WHICH CITY AND STATE? Good luck coach and chipolopolo , we have faith in the young boys BUT AFTER we qualify to RUSSIA PLEASE CAN FAZ FIRE THE COACH AND BRING A MUZUNGU, also i know a muzungu will bring in the team the likes of MASTER KALABA, NATHAN SINKALA, NOAH CHIVUTA, COLLINS MBESUMA, HAPPY SICHIKOLO, CLIFORD BWALYA , JOE BWALAY these are experienced ZAMBIAN PLAYERS who can contain MESSI IN RUSSIA, NOT VILLAGERS BENA FASHION. It seems UPND is still being sidelined in the TEAM i mean TONGAZ ,LOZIS AND KALUBALES

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    • If you have nothing to say please with due respect just shut up.this is not politics its a game that benefit everyone. Good player will always be looked by everyone. Good choice coach Nyerenda just as I thought players deserve chance to play competive games so hat they gain experience.

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    • The team is OK, the only problem is that Ku Africa kuli too much jerous, let these young guys surprise ma Igwe awa, I know they will do it and finish it up in Zambia na Cameroon

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    • Sorry he is NOT a Zambian. This is a national team boyi.

      It is when Belgium vs Zambia that you will see him in action

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  2. styupit KANKOYO MAN WHY ASK ABOUT CHARLES MUSONDA WHEN I NEVER INCLUDED HIS NAME ON THE DEADLY LIST, BE OBSERVANT, ATTENTIVE AND RESPECT MY COMMENTS

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  3. On this one, coach you are wrong. Many people didn’t know that Kalaba could not play against Algeria due to yellow card. For Nigeria, you sure need him. North African and Ghana play same style with Zambia. Nigeria is physical, you needed Maestro and Sinkala. Lets pray for the best.

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  4. WE WISH THE BOYS GOOD LUCK. WORK AS A TEAM AND NOT INDIVIDUALS. NIGERIA IS TOUGH AT HOME, WORK FLAT OUT THROUGHOUT 90 MINUTES ALTHOUGH THE CHANCES ARE SLIM. HOWEVER, GOOD LUCK THE COACHING TEAM AS WELL.

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  5. But people why asking about fashion sakala red card you mean you don’t know the rules of football well and the boy is going to start the game.

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  6. This dumb coach has again left out Rainford Kalaba. We needed him because this GAME is the biggest so far. I love my country but I don’t see us beating Nigeria with this BLUNT front.

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  7. Comment: jacob mulenga was supose to play this game, the man is a manchine.Don’t forget those players becoz u have seen these young ones.nigeria have mikel and iwobi but as we have so many players the likes of mulenga j,emmanuel mbola,kalaba,sinkala,nkausu,kabaso chonga 2mention just a few.anyway wishing u all the best.

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  8. The team looks to be fine though the coach has errored by leaving Master Kalaba again because west african teams need opponents of Kalaba’s calibre. In life we should learn to forgive. We should learn from the past where Kalusha nearly destroyed football in Zambia because of same mentality of no forgiveness.

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  9. All the best boys,but chi nyelenda should stop segregation when picking prayers bcoz it’s combination of zanaco and zesco.any way it’s maybe bcoz he coached them.

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  10. Zambian pipo,can’t live without politics.anywhere, mind you the same experienced players have never qualified for the world cup at all angles either u17,u20,u23 or at sinuous level,it’s not all about experience here but pipo who can delever.lets just pray for the guys to make mother zambia proud. Go zàm go

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  11. The team is solid. There is no need to recall veterans like Sakala, Kalaba and Mbesuma. They have ran their race. its time for change now. The future of Zambian Football is bright. well done Mr Nyirenda

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  12. it was a wise decision to leave out those players who have done the Job already, we really appreciate 2012 AFCON Champions Team there are good players, but its time to try out young skill, lets just support our team in uyu and focus to qualify, we are one Zambia I love all those with a spirit of supporting our team. Coach we wish you the best. weather win or loose we still remain one Zambia one nation GOD BLESS boys

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  13. wada…naiwe…. waitaya……(KALABA)… SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF THE TEAM……
    SOMETIMES ZAMBIAN COACHES AWE SURE….. NIGERIA WILL CALL EVERY PRO THEY HAVE….. COZ THEY KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THE GAME TO THEM… MANJE BA WADA… IF PATSON DAKA IS INJURED WILL PLAY WITHOUT A STRIKER

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