Bafana Bafana v Chipolopolo Preview: Kondwani to partner Sunzu
Thirteen days to go before the Orange CAF 2015 African Cup of Nations kickoff in Equatorial Guinea, a host of qualified African countries are busy shaping up for the tournament with friendly matches.
Southern Africa’s representatives, Zambia and South Africa will battle it out at Orlando Stadium this afternoon.
Though it is a friendly match, bragging rights are at stake and both sides will be going for a win. Despite Bafana Bafana being rejuvenated under Shakes Mashaba, the Chipolopolo Boys remain the favourites.
While Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has already named his line up, his Zambian counter part is still tight limped though the ZamFoot Crew can exclusively reveal that Zesco United midfielder Kondwani Mtonga will partner former captain Stopilla Sunzu in central defence.
In what looks like a 4-4-1-1 formation on paper, Zanaco winger Rodrick Kabwe will continue his audition at left back in the absence of Emmanuel Mbola, who is set to arrive today while Donashamo Malama continues at right back ahead of Davies Nkausu.
Nathan Sinkala is expected to play 90 minutes in midfield but it is that combination of trinity Lubambo Musonda, Chisamba Lungu and Rainford Kalaba that should provide the threat going forward.
The match will be live on SABC and StarTV with kickoff @ 3 pm
Though the hardworking Given Singuluma is earmarked to play in the hole behind Emmanuel Mayuka, there’s a possibility that he will play a big deeper in midfield alongside Chisamba with Sinkala at the base of that midfield trio in a formation likely to be 4-1-4-1.
Off the bench, all eyes will be on Kitwe 1 and Nkana forward Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba but it depends if he has shrugged off the knock he picked earlier last week.
Zambia Probable XI: Kennedy Mweene – Donashamo Malamba, Kondwani Mtonga, Stopilla Sunzu, Rodrick Kabwe – Lubambo Musonda, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Rainford Kalaba- Given Singuluma – Emmanuel Mayuka
Subs: Toaster Nsabata (GK), Danny Munyao (GK), Joshua Titima (GK), James Chamanga, Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba, Spencer Sautu, Patrick ‘Dude’ Ngoma, Davies Nkausu, Christopher Munthali, Aaron Katebe, Jackson Mwanza, Bruce Musakanya
Not available: Emmanuel Mbola, Evans Kangwa. (The duo will join later today from Israel)
Bafana Bafana XI: Darren Keet (GK), Anele Ngcongca (C) Thabo Matlaba, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa, Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie
Subs:Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Bongani Zungu, Thuso Phala, Themba Zwane, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Siyabonga Nhlapho
Not available: Andile Jali, Patrick Phungwayo (both knee injuries)
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