Provisional Olympic U23 squad named for CAF tourney
Zambia U23 national football team coach Fighton Simukonda has announced a provisional list of 29 players for the 2015 Africa U23 Cup of Nations to be held in Senegal from November 28.
Green Buffaloes industrious midfielder Felony Sitonya has been named in the squad together with Kabwe Warriors’ Godfrey Ngwenya one youngest players to have been given a senior national team cap.
Other new entrants to the U23 team are Power Dynamos hitman Martin Phiri and teenage striker Conlyde Luchanga who has been capped twice at senior level.
Patson Daka, Aubrey Chamulwanda, Kelvin Mubanga and Noble Rumsey who were previously part of the team in the qualifiers to the U23 CAF championship have not been named in the squad.
16 players will immediately go into camp in Lusaka on Wednesday November 4 while the other 13 will join following assignments with the senior national team on November 15.
Those invited will report for residential camp at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka.
Zambia has been placed in Group A along with hosts Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.
Their first group match will be against Tunisia on November 28 before playing Cosafa rivals South Africa on December 1.
Zambia’s final group stage match has been scheduled for December 4 against hosts Senegal.
Goalkeepers: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warriors), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco);
Defenders: Taonga Bwembya (Mufulira Wanderers), Allan Kamwanga (Mufulira Wanderers), Benard Mapili (Zesco United), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos ), Kapota Kayawe (Nkana), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors);
Midfielders : Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), John Chingandu (Zesco United), Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Gozon Mutale (Lumwana Radiants), Felon Sitonya (Green Buffaloes), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors), Jacob Ngulube (Mufulira Wanderers), Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Paul Katema (Red Arrows);
Forwards : Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Dave Daka (Zanaco), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Moses Phiri (Zanaco)
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