Chipolopolo date Tanzania as Mayuka bounces back
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has secured an international friendly match which will see the Chipolopolo play Tanzania this weekend.
In announcing the match, FAZ also released a 20 man squad for the game that has seen 2012 Africa Cup of Nations golden boot winner Emmanuel Mayuka who plays for Zamalek in Egypt return to the national team for the first time since the 2015 Africa Cup tournament.
The squad picked is mainly composed of local players with Kennedy Mweene the only other foreign based player named.
There is also a call up for little known Mukubanga Siambombe of Zamcoal Diggers.
“Most of the players are locals, the only professionals that we have added to the list are Kennedy Mweene and Mayuka,” Chipolopolo coach Wesson Nyirenda told fazfootball.
“It has been a long time he has been with us (Mayuka), he is playing well he has been doing well for Zamalek. We want to see how he can play and fit in with our philosophy.”
On Mweene Nyirenda said, “With Mweene I need to see him because he has not been playing most games there. He played last weekend and did very well all we need is see that is keeping shape. ”
The national team is preparing for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique in June and a CHAN qualifier against Swaziland in July.
Zambia will play their first game in Dar es Salaam on Friday 24th March while the second game will be played on Sunday 27th March.
Jacob Banda (Zesco United) Racha Kola (Zanaco) Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos) Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Taonga Bwembya (Zanaco), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United), Mweene Mumbi (Green Buffaloes), Ziyo Tembo (Green Buffaloes), Isaac Shamujompa (Napsa (Stars), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), George Chilufya (Zanaco)
Mischeck Chaila, John Ching’andu, Kondwani Mtonga (all Zesco United), Clatous Chama (Lusaka Dyanmos), Kelvin Mubanga , Fwayo Tembo (both Power Dynamos), Justin Banda (Napsa Stars), Mwila Phiri (Choma Eagles), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Mukubanga Siambombe (Zamcoal Diggers)
Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Justin Shonga (Nkhwazi), Chitiya Mususu (Napsa Stars), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana) and Emmanuel Mayuka (Zamalek)
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