Sakuwaha, Sikombe, Shamujompa lead the pack as shadow Chipolopolo arrive in Gabon
The shadow Chipolopolo Boys have arrived in Libreville ahead of Saturday’s friendly match against Gabon.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a relatively inexperienced side for the match.
A number of players have less than 5 caps.
Jonas Sakuwaha is the only member of the team with African Cup of Nations medal though he only played barely 2 minutes in the 3-0 quarter final win over Sudan in that sentimental substitution in Equatorial Guinea.
In terms of truly coming to the fold, Sakuwaha was a key member at the CHAN 2009 alongside Ignitius Lwipa as they helped Zambia to bronze.
Fwayo Tembo is another one with experience but the talented player lacks tournament experience as he is yet to feature for Zambia at a senior tournament.
Then there’s Nkana’s favourite son Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba. The boy from Wusakile was part of the 2015 African Cup of Nations squad which flopped.
It is a team of rookies and Wada Wada will hope for a better result.
With Zanaco and Zesco United involved in CAF Champions and Confederations cup, it is chance for the local players to force their way into the CHAN and COSAFA sides.
Zambia will face Swaziland and Botswana in CHAN and COSAFA respectively.
Before that there’s an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium next weekend.
FULL SQUAD v Gabon
GOALKEEPERS: Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos FC), Charles Mweemba (Lumwana Radiants FC), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana FC)
DEFENDERS: Given Sinyangwe (Nkana FC), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes FC), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos FC), Moonga Chilimba (Kabwe Warriors FC), Isaac Siamujomba (Nchanga Rangers FC), Chris Chomba (Nkwazi), Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos FC), Mwila Phiri (Green Eagles)
MIDFIELDERS: Stanely Nshimbi (Red Arrows FC), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes FC), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars FC), Clatous Chama, Mwansa Nsofwa (Lusaka Dynamos FC), Godfrey Ngwenya, Fwayo Tembo (both Power Dynamos)
STRIKERS: Jonas Sakuwaha (Buidcon FC), Ignatius Luipa (Nakambala Leopards) ,Ronald Kampamba (Nkana FC), Justin Shonga (Nkhwazi FC), Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes FC)
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