Buffaloes is ‘Zambia B’ at Cosafa Cup
In the late nineties, the tag of Zambia B belonged to Zanaco and recent years Zesco United can claim that tag.
Last month when Zambia hosted Mozambique in the Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, there were only three players from the fourteen which featured at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in that loss with no connection to either Zanaco or Zesco United.
Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweeene, striker Collins Mbesuma and midfielder cum striker Fwayo Tembo have no prior history with Zanaco or Zesco United.
Mweene played for State Lodge before featuring for Kitwe United while Mbesuma started his career at boyhood club Roan United and briefly wore the yellow jersey for Power Dynamos under Ben Bamfuchile in CAF Confederations Cup against Wydad.
As for Fwayo, Zanaco opted not to sign before joined Power Dynamos last year. He briefly had a spell with National Assembly before he trekked to Tunisia with Etoile du Sahel.
The back four of Simon Silwimba, Stopilla Sunzu, Ziyo Tembo and Fackson Kampumbu all featured for Zanaco at some stage.
Ziyo is current captain of Zanaco and come through the ranks while Kampumbu together with Dave Daka, a substitute who replaced Mbesuma at half time were on books of Zanaco last year before they joined Zesco United.
Sunzu and Silwimba alongside Jack Chileshe were the midfielders around 2008-2009.
John Ching’andu, who came on for South African based midfielder Salulani Phiri, and Kondwani Mtonga feature for Zesco United while Salulani was one of the exodus of players who left Zanaco last season.
Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda coached Chisamba Lungu and Rainford Kalaba at Zanaco and Zesco United respectively.
Given Singuluma who was a late substitute for Kalaba played for Zanaco after he returned from Bay United in South Africa.
While Wada Wada had unsuccessful spell as Green Buffaloes coach at the start of last season, many pundits believe the Chipolopolo coach likes working with his former players and this has been highlighted at Cosafa Cup.
Four of the players who started against Botswana are regulars at the Zambia Army side. The fifth Buffaloes player in the squad is Adrian Chama but surprisingly started on the bench. This is could be due to school boy mistakes he made against Nigeria.
Midfielders Jack Chirwa and Diamond Chikwekwe started in the engine room while Mike Katiba, a new signing from Mufulira Wanders got the nod on right flank with striker Brian Mwila who made it 2 goals in his last 2 international starting upfront.
Goalkeeper Allan Chibwe, now at Power Dynamos spent unsuccessful spell at Zanaco. Chibwe’s club mate Lawrence Chungu started at left while in central defence Kalulushi Modern Stars’ on loan defender at Nchanga Rangers Isaac Shamujompa was paired with Red Arrows’ Webster Mulenga.
Gate crushing the Buffaloes midfield was Lusaka Dynamos’ Mwansa Nsofwa while Petauke born Justin Shonga of Nkwazi partnered Mwila upfront.
Zambia Probable XI v Tanzania: 16. Allan Chibwe -15. Donashamo Malama, 20. Webster Mulenga, 21. Isaac Shamujompa, 3. Lawrence Chungu – 17. Mike Katiba, 19. Jack Chirwa, 10. Diamond Chikwekwe, 11. Nsofwa Mwansa – 12. Justin Shonga, 22. Brian Mwila
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