Simukonda names 25 man provisional Olympic squad
Zambia U23 national football team coach Fighton Simukonda has invited 25 players to a week long training camp to kick start preparations for the 2015 Africa U23 Cup of Nations scheduled for November and December.
The invited players are expected to report for residential camp on Sunday, September 20.
The development was made available to fazfootball.com on Monday by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Manager Nkweto Tembwe.
“The training camp has been called to start preparations for the Senegal U23 championship. It is going to last until Thursday after which players will return to their clubs. We expect two or three of such week long training camps before the boys go into full residential camp,” Tembwe said.
The team has seen the return of former U23 captain Godfrey Ngwenya and inclusion of Power Dynamos striker Noble Rumsey who has hardly seen any game-time. Zanaco speedy midfielder Charles Zulu who was capped at national team level a year ago has not made the cut. Also notably missing on the list is U20 vice captain Spencer Sautu who has been in good form for Green Eagles since his return from injury.
Zambia has been placed in Group A alongside hosts Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.
Simukonda’s men play their first group match 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.
Zambia qualified to the U23 Afcon after they defeated Botswana via a 3 – 1 aggregate scoreline and later eliminated favourites Ivory Coast 4 – 3 on post match penalties following goalless draws over two legs.
Goalkeepers: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warrior),
Defenders: Kapota Kayawe (Nkana), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors), Benard Mapili (Zesco United), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Mweene Mumbi (Green Buffaloes)
Midfielders: Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Paul Katema (Red Arrows) Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), John Chingandu (Zesco United), Julius Situmbeko (Power Dynamos), Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Jacob Ngulube (Mufulira Wanderers), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors)
Strikers: Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Noble Ramsey (Power Dynamos), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos)
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