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Chipolopolo Boys sets base in Ndola ahead of World Cup qualifier

The Chipolopolo Boys have set base in Ndola ahead of this Friday’s FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Congo Brazaville.

And foreign based players are expecting to arrive in Ndola on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

The likes of Patson Daka (England), Lameck Banda (Italy), Kings Kangwa (Serbia) and Emmanuel Banda (Croatia) have all started off from their respective bases.

Skipper Lubambo Musonda (Denmark) and Edward Chilufya are also on their way.

Far East duo Stopilla Sunzu and Evans Kangwa will be the last one to join.

Grant has retained the core of the squad that helped the team qualify for the 2023 Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations.

However, Grant will be without the injured duo of Scotland based Frankie Musonda and Kelvin Kapumbu while Tandi Mwape has yet to find a club since his contract with TP Mazembe ran out.

The team is a mix of local and foreign based players.

Zambia host Congo Brazaaville at the Levy Mwanwasa Stadium on November 17 before travelling to Marrakech for a match against Niger which will be held four days later.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Francis Mwansa (Green Buffaloes), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows)

Defenders: Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Killian Kanguluma (Kabwe Warriors), Stoppilla Sunzu (Jinan Xingzhou-China), Dominic Chanda (Power Dynamos), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Roderick Kabwe (Zakho SC-Iraq), Zephaniah Phiri (Prison Leopards)

Midfielders: Benson Sakala (FK Mlada-Czech), Andrew Mupande (Green Buffaloes), Golden Mafwenta (MFK Vyskov-Czech), Kings Kangwa (Crvena Zvezda-Serbia), Emanuel Banda (Club Rijeka-Croatia), Rally Bwalya (Sekhukhune-RSA), Clatous Chama (Simba-Tanzania), Lubambo Musonda (Sikeborg-Denmark), Edward Chilufya (BK Hacken-Sweden), Kelvin Kampamba (Zesco)

Forwards: Lameck Banda (Lecce-Italy), Brian Mwila (Zanaco), Fashion Sakala (Al Fayha-Saudi Arabia), Evans Kangwa (Quindao Hainiu-China), Patson Daka (Leicester-England)

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