Chipolopolo coach Aggrey Chiyangi has disclosed that no Zambia Under-23 player will be summoned for 2019 COSAFA Cup duty following the rescheduling of their 2019 U23 AFCON qualifiers.
CAF has administratively shifted the U23 AFCON qualifiers from June to September due to the senior AFCON that kicks off in Egypt on June 21.
Zambia U23 were due to host Congo-Brazzaville in their final round first leg match on June 5 in Lusaka and travel to Pointe Noire for the last leg on June 9.
Both Chipolopolo and Under-23 team’s simultaneously kicked off their weekly training camps in Lusaka last week ahead of their respective June assignments.
Chipolopolo ,who have been handed a COSAFA Cup group stage bye, will enter the competition on June 2 in the quarterfinals of the tournament South Africa is hosting from May 25 to June 8 in Durban.
“The only unfortunate thing is that there is a provisional list that was submitted last Thursday; meaning that these other (Under-23) players cannot be included,” Chiyangi said.
Nkwazi goalkeeper Charles Muntanga and his club mate and defensive midfielder Kebson Kamanga are some of the notable Zambia U23 players who also on the Chipolopolo roaster.
The other Under-23/Chipolopolo players are Zesco United defender Shemmy Mayembe and Buildcon midfielder Lameck Banda.
“But we are working hand-in-hand with the Under 23 technical staff because there is also the 2020 CHAN qualifiers coming up so some of the players will be included in the CHAN team that will go into camp after the COSAFA tournament,” Chiyangi said.
Zambia will face Botswana in July in a 2020 CHAN second round qualifier.