Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda
Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda
Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda has named his final 23-member team for the 2018 CHAN tournament.

Twenty players will be making their CHAN debuts when the tournament kicks off in Morocco on January 12 and will run until February 4.

The survivors from the 2016 CHAN outing in Rwanda under ex-coach George Lwandamina include Nkana defender Donashano Malama.

The Green Buffaloes duo of defender Adrian Chama and midfielder Jack Chirwa are also set for their second successive CHAN outing.

Three players are also set for their Zambia debuts after making the cut with Zesco United striker Lazarus Kambole, who scored 10 goals for the 2017 FAZ Super Division champions, headlining that trio.

Others are midfielder Chanda Mushili of Lumwana Radiants and Nkana defender John Mwangeni.

But Mwangeni’s club mate and striker Ronald Kampamba has been dropped while unpopular Power Dynamos striker Alex Ng’onga has booked his ticket to the finals.

Goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata and midfielder Augustine Mulenga will also travel to Morocco after fears the Zanaco duo would be ineligible due to foreign interest for them in the January transfer window.

CHAN is a second tier AFCON exclusively for domestic-based players.

Zambia are in Group B at the CHAN where they will play Uganda,Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia.

They face Uganda in their opening group B match on January 14 in Marrakesh.

This will be Zambia’s third CHAN appearance after finishing third in 2009and making the quarterfinals in 2016.

GOALKEEPERS: Moses Mapulanga (Nkana), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)

DEFENDERS: Simon Silwimba,Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos), John Mwangeni (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco),Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes)

MIDFIELDERS:Kondwani Mtonga(Zesco United), Donashano Malama (Nkana),Jack Chirwa, Mike Katiba (both Green Buffaloes), Ernest Mbewe, Augustine Mulenga (both Zanaco), Larry Bwalya,Godfrey Ngwenya (both Power Dynamos),Chanda Mushili (Lumwana Radiants)

STRIKERS: Martin Phiri, Alex Ng’onga (both Power Dynamos), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Lazarus Kambole (Zesco United)

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30 COMMENTS

  1. May be Wedson Nyirenda sleeps with Alex Ng’onga’s sister. Alex is not a striker but just runs around like headless chicken. This is a problem we have with local coaches, they feature questionable players. I can assure the Zambians if we hard Herve Rernard as head coach Zambia will have qualified to Russia.

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    • I remember you writing the same about Patson Daka , same shiiit you are doing to Alex Ngonga.

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    • I doubt if we would have qualified to the WC under Coach Herve Renald. The team consisting of tired legs of mbesuma and kalaba actually cost as a slot when zambia lost to nigeria in ndola. On alex ngonga, am sure he is impressive in training to drop.

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    • Just wait n watch then come back 2 me 4 comments my frnd let’s gv him a chance he’s just a gud player as augustin

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  2. Its sad THAT no TONGA even at CHAN level just because of UPND, please put politics aside select players based on TALENT not because of political affiliation. TONGAZ , LOZIZ AND KALUBALE ARE sidelined , well for CHAN lets sideline them because they can take cholera their but other tournaments include them

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    • Are you confusing yourself? What has upnd, or the tribes you singled out -tongas lubales lozis – got to do with selection. Sportsmanship is based on talent. The coach doesn’t have to include anyone in a team because of tribe. You can however make your own national team at your home which is based on tribes than talent. Let’s see how you will come up with 73 members since we have 73 tribes in zambia.

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  3. sad indeed that some pipo dream, visualise, drink and smoke tribalism. football is not like politics which requires tribal balancing. football is like academics which doesn’t need tribal balancing. Go to Unza, are pipo talking about tribal balancing?

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    • Why are you laughing. nothing is funny. Dont promote stupid thinking. Tongas like everyone else are equally zambian and have equal opportunities in this country.

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  4. I am afraid. Some people will feature themselves everywhere one lucky day. Why think of some grouping when the coach picked players he thinks will meet his required strategy. It is one Zambia one Chipolopolo, Fozza Zambia fozza Chipolopolo.

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  5. Let him find out if there Tonga cholera patients at cholera centres. If there are not there please go and bring them to the centre even if they are not patients. They should contract cholera so that there is tribal balance if that’s what he wants.

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  6. u ARE missing the point. these are facts and u can prove them ku ECZ: UPND is a tribal party ,,TONGAS (originators), lozi, nothwestern click (Followed as . tribal cousins). On cholera the first patient in lusaka province 28.11.17 , byman Hamududu a tonga from gwembe brought MABISI to lusaka, soccer ONLY one finished tonga KENNEDY MWEENE who know speaks like a south african/zimbabwean and also voted for UPND IN august 2016 even when voting he looked left right center back and casted the vote in fear, thus why heis finished now,coach WEDSON NYIRENDA is great but disadvantaged with light weight..reference ..zambia cameroun game blown by air fell down, talent in soccer..easterners and northerners are the best just like politics, no TONGA Has and will ever be presido of zambia the past…

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  7. Is toaster nsabata not Tonga.
    Check the list goal keeper nsabata is Tonga nd he is the first choice at CHAN

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  8. I can’t believe there is no player from Luasaka Dynamos who has the capacity to play for the national team even if they have 5/6 foreign players.
    Wedson did you see the goals Allan Chibwe was alloweding last season for you to continue rewarding him a place in the national team??
    Corruption in all sections of our society has killed our country.Kamanga hire a foreign coach before this guy costs you your Job.

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  9. This is how much tribal Tongas are ! He/she looks at list of CHAN players, no Tonga! There are no elections held to choose talented people! Its in-born! Thought sport unites us, kanshi some are tribal about it! Whether you are Tonga, Lozi when the boys bring the trophy we shall celebrate from all corners of the country, nobody will say I can’t, am Luvale, Tonga, Lozi! Football talent in this country, from pre-independence days has mostly been amongst Tumbukas and Bembas so my appeal to our Tonga brothers and sisters, please inter-marry with these tribes to imbed the soccer-talent gene in your family linage! Remember that gallant defender Nyambe Mulenga, side-lined by accident injury! Am told Kennedy Mweene’s mother is Bemba! So let’s inter-marry, don’t only kujata ng’ombe basaa naba…

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  10. In my view Ronald Kampamba would have added more value to the team than Alex Ngo’nga! Power Dynamos used him as top and didnt perform as expected in 2017 campaign despite all the resources poured in by CPC! Hope Nyirenda is not looking at him as his top man, even Matin Phiri is much better than him!

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  11. football has nothing to do with tribe.
    it’s easy . just watch the Zambian league. see who is doing well they deserve to be in the team.
    when carders bring politics in sport awe sure.

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  12. WAda is a useless coach I have ever seen. chilikula sana the time he was playing .Zambia will home without a cup .

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  13. Comment:am nt satified with the striking force, i think ng’oga hs failed us alot wen it mattered most. y nt try others

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  14. Why do you like politising everything football is the unifying spot across the continent who are you to discriminate tongas we are one in the sight of God or you God fools

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  15. I wish ngonga all the best .If he won’t perform to the expectation of his fans,then he and the coach.kaya namau ,miponto ishi oshondeumfwa kubantu.mukakose.pantu ndemyumfwila uluse I feel it. Will be time u resign as coach and the expired name of ngonga in the national team.So boi mu uze player wako olo mulamu wako mongenesela bola pachigo.Akamisa apa ninshi amamisa pakamwa pokudya nsima.

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