Zambia kick-start 2018 CHAN preps as Wada names provisional squad
The Zambia national team will go in camp today (Sunday) to kick off preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be played in Morocco.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda has called 30 players for a four day residential camp.
Nyirenda will be looking for new striking partnerships after Brian Mwila and Justin Shonga whose goals carried the team to the finals signed for South African clubs.
Gamphani Lungu who netted 18 times for National Assembly on their way to promotion has received a debut call.
New call ups Lazarous Kambole of Zesco United and Friday Samu of Green Buffaloes will also be looking to get ahead of Alex Ngonga, Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba, Martin Phiri and Lubinda Mundia who have been part of the squad already.
Nyirenda has only named defender Solomon Sakala from the famous U20 class of 2017 as he has gone for a more experienced crop of players.
The lad who captained the U20 squad at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup will have to stand tall against another debutant John Mwangeni who has received his first national team call up after some impressive displays for Nkana in the league run in.
Zambia is in Group B alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Uganda.
The tournament runs from January 13 to February 4.
Moses Mapulanga (Nkana FC), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco FC), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos FC), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows)
Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars FC), Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Lawrence Chungu, Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos), John Mwengani (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Jimmy Nakena (Nchanga Rangers)
Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila, John Chingandu (all Zesco United), Larry Bwalya, Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos), Augustine Mulenga, Ernest Mbewe (both Zanaco), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), Bwalya Kasonde (Nchanga Rangers)
Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Gamphani Lungu (National Assembly), Alex N’gonga, Martin Phiri (both Power Dynamos), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United), Lubinda Mundia (Red Arrows)
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