Senegal U23 AFCON: Simukonda name strong squad for Tunisia
Zambia Under-23 coach has named a strong starting line up with ten players having been capped at senior level except for centre back cum midfielder Benson Sakala.
From the ten, only two are yet to feature for the Chipolopolo in a competitive game. Goalkeeper and captain Toaster Nsabata has been a fringe player and made his senior bow in that friendly match against Shinji Kagawa’s Japan in May 2014.
10 players with full caps starts
The other player yet to play a competitive game is Kayawe Kapota but he has featured in friendly matches.
The quintuple Felix Chepeshi, Boyd M’kandawire, Paul Katema, Jack Chirwa and Conlyde Luchanga all featured in Zambia’s recent pre-World Cup qualifier against Sudan at Levy Mwanawasa.
Midfielder Spencer Sautu, who also played at Levy Stadium a fortnight ago together with Egyptian based duo Sate Sate Kampamba and Patrick Ngoma were part of the Chipolopolo squad at the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year. Lubambo Musonda who will join the squad on Tuesday is the other player.
With Chipolopolo head coach George Lwandamina part of the bench comprising of Tenant Chilumba and Simukonda, they have gone with almost the tactics employed by the senior team with 4-2-3-1 formation.
Ngoma, Sate Sate and Sautu are likely to play behind Luchanga it could have been better with the latter on the right while Sautu moves in the hole with Sate Sate as a lone striker.
The move to play Sate Sate as a no.10 flopped at the African Cup of Nations.
Jack Chirwa and Katema will be the holding midfielders with the former the pivot while Katema will be the box to box.
Zambia U23 v Tunisia: Nsabata (c) – Chepeshi, Kayawe, Sakala, M’kandawire -Sautu, Katema, J.Chirwa, Patrick Ngoma – Sate Sate, Conlyde Luchanga
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