Chamanga is a team builder as Janza justifies his selection
Chipolopolo Boys coach Honour Janza has defended the selection of China based striker James Chamanga.
The 34 year old has been retained in Janza’s 27 man squad which has seen over five veterans axed.
Former captain Chris Katongo, Collins Mbesuma, Jacob Mulenga, Joseph Musonda, Hichani Himoonde andFelix Katongo are not part of team but former National Assembly player has been included.
That has raised a lot eyebrows especially that in-form Israel based striker Rodger Kola hasn’t been considered especially that Emmanuel Mayuka has scored more goal [s] for the national team than at Southampton and Evans Kangwa just has 3 goals.
From the local league, atleast Jackson Mwanza and Sate Sate Kampamba have 27 league goals between them.
“He (Chamanga) carries with him what you call team spirit, he is a team builder, he is someone able to take a bitter pill to sit in the terraces also to come to re-oganise the other young players,” the gaffer said.
“The attributes that he carries are quite intrinsic that it is difficult for the distance people to see like us who are close to him.
While the Far East based strikeris not a fan’s favourite like Mbesuma or Chris Katongo, he is one of a few Zambian strikers to have scored at four (2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012) consecutive African Cup of Nations save for the 2013 edition.
“We are in the rebuilding process, we have young players and a few experienced players with a character like Chintu when he was a player. We looked around, James poses some of the attributes that can help especially going into a bigger tournament like the one we are going to,” he said.
“This is a tournament where they are going to be together for a long time and we require somebody that is going to unite the senior players and young players, act like a bridge. There are more things that he is required to do than the field challenges.”
In the past, former coach Herve Renard also used to justify the inclusion of Kampamba Chintu and Noah Chivuta similar to what Janza has said.
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