Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Mwepu led European quartet join Chipolopolo camp ahead of Cameroon match

The Zambia National team preparation for Saturday’s world cup qualifier against Cameroon has been boosted by the arrival of four  European based players.

The quartet includes Patson Daka (Red bull Salzburg), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering), Edward Chilufya (Djurgardens) and Emmanuel Banda (K.V Oostende).

The four join up with the South African based contingent of skipper Kennedy Mweene (Sundowns), Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates), Rodrick Kabwe (Cape Town Ajax) and Brian Mwila (Platinum Stars) who are already in camp.

Meanwhile Coach Wedson Nyirenda has dropped Kondwani Mtonga, Lewis Macha and Simon Silwimba due to injury with Napsa Stars defender Solomon Sakala called in.

Zambia plays Cameroun on Saturday in a Group B Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Arsenal Tula defender Stoppilla Sunzu and Spartak Moscow’s Fashion Sakala are expected later in the evening (Tuesday).

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Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns-RSA), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco FC), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos FC)


Donashano Malama, Boston Muchindu, Moses Nyondo (all Nkana) , Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars) , Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco FC), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos FC), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stopilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula FC – Russia)


Rodrick Kabwe (Ajax Cape town FC – RSA), Misheck Chaila, John Chingandu (all Zesco United FC), Emmanuel Banda (Ostende FC – Belgium), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco FC), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow – Russia), Enerst Mbewe (Zanaco FC), Edward Chilufya (Djurgadens FC), Enock Mwepu (Red bull Salzburg FC – Austria)


Patson Daka (Red bull Salzburg FC – Austria), Brian Mwila (Platinum Stars FC – South Africa), Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates FC – RSA), Lameck Banda (Nkwazi FC), Alex N’gonga (Power Dynamos)


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  1. Not comfortable if this midfield is missing Mtonga. That guy is a critical difference maker in winning the ball back in that midfield, without him Mwepu might get over worked. I don’t know any of the other midfielders in that position, but luckily this is pretty much a friendly.

  2. I agree on Mtonga replacements. it would be good to see if Emmanuel Banda can replicate his u-20 exploits at senior level.Wada should share game time between Ernest Mbewe and young Edward Chilufya on the right wing.

  3. Njondo can play in that position. After-all, his friends from under twenty are in the team and it is just like a friendly game. If he cannot manage try Solomon Sakala to play in defensive midfield. I see Zambia beating Cameron by 4 – 0.

  4. We need to see how Mbola is doing as we prepare for Afcon 2019, i feel modern football is going for 3 at the back with two reliable overlapping fullbacks, not silwimba and kapumbu. Defence we can actually build a wall like we had Litana and wawa chongo because solomon, shamujopa, Nyondo, sunzu, muchindu if properly coached can be the best.
    Defensive Midfilders we need Nathan Sinkala back in the squad with mwepu ahead of him and power of Augustine Mulenga, skillfull Fashion sakala and emmanuel banda controlling the flow of the game we can become a free scoring team, papa and mwila are very sharp upfront. On spot kicks Kalaba must be reinstalled to the squad.

  5. Solomon Sakala is not national team material. The U20 team did well not because of him but despite him. He is clumsy and even slower than the aging Mtonga. Mtonga has been a weak link and it is time for him to leave the team. His time is up.

  6. Some of us need to forget past glory players yaaa! am tired of hearing kalaba at kalaba and sinkala we need to be innovative new players need more game time some of these kalabas think they are irreplaceable and they are arrogant because of 2012 afcon we need fresh blood like those from under20 and under17

  7. All the best to the boys today. But the Coach needs to be professional also. No personal vendettas with players. I feel we could have taken the WC Qualifiers to the wire with Nigeria if he had been not been overlooking certain players because personal issues with these players. AFCON 2019 is not guaranteed as we lost at home to Mozambique already.

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