Blog: What is the criteria for national team call ups?
Zambia national team head coach Wedson Nyirenda on Thursday announced his squad for local players set to enter residential camp this sunday in preparation for next months COSAFA castle cup.
And a few names on the list are raising eyebrows which has made me pose the question, What is the criteria for national team call ups?
A look at the team called with just above a month to the tournament being prepared for you will find names of players who don’t even make it to the bench for their clubs.
It’s true that a coach will call players that can fit in his system in Nyirenda’s case ‘Philosophy’ and their is no definate rules on how he should go about it but the one basical norm is good club form and consistency hence its surprising to see players who last played competitive football last year get call ups ahead of players putting in full ninety minute shifts week in week out.
Before we go far Solomon Sakala is actually nursing an injury he sustained against National Assembly, Clatous Chota Chama is just recovered from an injury. Allan Kamwanga has been on the mend for the longest possible time and i doubt he has made any appearance this season but surprisingly he made the 30 man list.
This is not the first time Coach Wedson Nyirenda has called someone who is injured. Last time out Alex N’gonga and Godfrey Ngwenya were summoned despite being injured and so too was Patson Daka. Before then was Lewis Macha who was called twice but was found injured on both occasions.
One look at the goalkeepers you will realise Joshua Titima is missing at Allan Chibwe is in the team but who actually starts at Power Dynamos?, Titima obviously and is arguably the best goalkeeper this season. Bornwell Silengo ahead of Fackson Kapumbu?.
Maybe he is reviving the players and giving them a taste of his ‘Philosophy’ which was what he said when people questioned Mayuka’s call up early last year.
“He ( Mayuka) might not have had some game time but he is always with his team and a big team for that matter.There is no harm trying to preserve our own talent by giving them a feel of new philosophy and concept” he said in an exclusive interview with Soka25East early last year
” At one time same people condemned Mbesuma and I brought him in and has been doing his best and delivering for the country,” He added.
(Wedson justifies Mayuka call-up – http://www.soka25east.com/wedson-justifies-mayuka-call/)
Whatever his criteria is it has alot of us confused but we still wish him the best of luck and expect the team to perform at the highest level.
Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos), Ken Mumba (Red Arrows), Sebastian Mange (Lusaka Dynamos)
Thandi Mwape (Kabwe Warriors), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos), Martin Kaonga (Nakambala Leopards), George Chilufya, Jimmy Nakena, (Zanaco), Bournwell Silengo, Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Boniface Sunzu (Green Eagles), Kedson Kamanga (Nkwazi), Allan Kamwanga junior (Power Dynamos)
Mischeck Chaila (Zesco United), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Clatous Chama, Mwila Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos), Larry Bwalya, Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Charles Zulu (Zanaco)
Martin Phiri (Zanaco), Lameck Banda (Zesco United), Youremember Banda (Green Buffaloes), Peter Nyirenda (Monze Swallows), Chanda Mushili (Buildcon), Kelvin Kampamba (Power Dynamos), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Emmanuel Chabula (Kitwe United)
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