UK-based midfielder Lifumpa Mwandwe is battling to make the cut for the Zambia Under-20 team’s clash against Rwanda this weekend.
The midfielder from English League One club Shrewsbury Town FC is one of two foreign-based call-ups for the 2019 U20 AFCON qualifier against Rwanda.
The defending U20 AFCON champions lead Rwanda 2-0 from the first leg played last Saturday in Kigali in a match Wigan striker Mwiya Malumo came on in the last five minutes of the match while Lifumpa did not make the final 18.
“I have no problems with Mwiya, he is readily available for the match on Saturday,” Zambia coach Charles Bwale said.
“But for Mwandwe, he is still facing challenge to adapt. But he has everything a player needs, he is a good player but he is failing to adapt.
“As the coach in charge of the team I will not bend to any one’s pressure.
“I will only use players who will meet the demands of the team.It doesn’t matter where that player is coming from as long he meets the demands then definitely he will make it in the team.”
Meanwhile, Malumo scored a goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Red Arrows in a training game played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka where Zambia will hosts Rwanda in the final leg.
Winner over both legs will face Burundi or Sudan in the final qualifying round in July.
Sudan and Burundi are tied at 1-1heading into this weekend’s final leg in Khartoum.