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WEDNESDAY BRIEFS: Mabika Cleared, Ndola Awaits Zambia U23

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Aime Mabika is set for Chipolopolo return while the Zambia Under-23 returns to the Copperbelt after a long hiatus.

-MABIKA CLEARED
Defender Aime Mabika’s naturalization process is now complete.

Sports minister Elvis Nkandu confirmed that the USA-based defender has been cleared by Home Affairs to play for Zambia.

The Inter-Miami player was born in Lusaka from DR Congo parentage and spent his first eight years in Zambia before moving to the US.

Mabika made his Zambia debut on March 25, 2022, in Chipolopolo’s 3-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville at a three-nation friendly tournament in Turkiye.

Mabika joins UK-born defender Frankie Musonda of Ayr United in Scotland who got his Zambian passport a year ago.

Musonda also made his Zambia debut in that friendly against Congo-Brazzaville.

-UNDER-23 TO PLAY IN NDOLA
The Zambia U23 national team will host Egypt at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in their final round, last leg of their 2023 U23 AFCON qualifier.

The qualifier will be played on March 27, four days after Chipolopolo hosts Lesotho there in a 2023 AFCON Group H qualifier.

It will be Zambia U23’s first game back on the Copperbelt since 2011.

Meanwhile, Egypt will host Zambia on March 22 in the first leg.

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