Friday, April 12, 2024

Provisional Olympic U23 squad named for CAF tourney

Zambia U23 national football team coach Fighton Simukonda has announced a provisional list of 29 players for the 2015 Africa U23 Cup of Nations to be held in Senegal from November 28.

Green Buffaloes industrious midfielder Felony Sitonya has been named in the squad together with Kabwe Warriors’ Godfrey Ngwenya one youngest players to have been given a senior national team cap.

Other new entrants to the U23 team are Power Dynamos hitman Martin Phiri and teenage striker Conlyde Luchanga who has been capped twice at senior level.

Patson Daka, Aubrey Chamulwanda, Kelvin Mubanga and Noble Rumsey who were previously part of the team in the qualifiers to the U23 CAF championship have not been named in the squad.

16 players will immediately go into camp in Lusaka on Wednesday November 4 while the other 13 will join following assignments with the senior national team on November 15.

Those invited will report for residential camp at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lusaka.

Zambia has been placed in Group A along with hosts Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

Their first group match will be against Tunisia on November 28 before playing Cosafa rivals South Africa on December 1.

Zambia’s final group stage match has been scheduled for December 4 against hosts Senegal.


Goalkeepers: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warriors), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco);

Defenders: Taonga Bwembya (Mufulira Wanderers), Allan Kamwanga (Mufulira Wanderers), Benard Mapili (Zesco United), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos ), Kapota Kayawe (Nkana), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors);

Midfielders : Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), John Chingandu (Zesco United), Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Gozon Mutale (Lumwana Radiants), Felon Sitonya (Green Buffaloes), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors), Jacob Ngulube (Mufulira Wanderers), Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Paul Katema (Red Arrows);

Forwards : Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Dave Daka (Zanaco), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Moses Phiri (Zanaco)

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  1. Good call ups. It is upto those who have been summoned to prove their worth. One thing the players out to understand is that this is a meet provisional squad. I like the inclusion of Martin Phiri , Conlyde Luchanga, Billy Mutale , Solomon Sakala , Kapota Kayawe just to name a few. On paper this looks quite strong. Nurturing this team is paramount if at all Zambia seeks to be counted among the top teams in Africa. Comparably, this looks like a better team in terms of quality than some teams that Zambia once ushered into the international arena.

  2. We are finally nearing to find a replacement for Isaac Chansa for the number 8 position a good and well talented box to box midfield, am seeing these abilities in under 23 and Lumwana Radiants midfield Gazon Mutale. This guy is good my fellow soccer funs, we just need to nature him properly his a natural box to box midfield

    1..His Tall
    2..A good interceptor of the ball
    3..A good reader of the game
    4..Good ball distributor
    5..He turns to change the wave of the ball
    6..Takes and scores free kicks
    7..Wins almost every high ball
    8..His making is excellent
    9..Has pace
    10..His still very young for any improvement

    Through his contribution to the team Lumwana Radiants a team from about 90km north of Solwezi (in the bush) has for the first time in the history of our game qualified to the 2016 MTN FAZ Super league. Watch this guy

  3. No need to say, “Is he Zambian?” Zambia could have won Africa Cup more than 3 times but our nation has always sideline people on “Not Zambian” etc phraises instead of giving them the green cards! Tshikala Mwanza was one of the deadliest striker in Zambia in the 80s but could not be used for the same reason! James Jengela was another even though he was born in Zambia! Look at European teams (e.g. France!!)

  4. I agree with you Mwebantu, to add on a list of ‘not zambians’ there was also Chris Kaoma, Makalashi Makalashi, Sakulanda, Patrick Kabamba the list is endless. Try to fuse in these guys they can be helpful. When Charles Musonda sustained an injury C.Kaoma was a probable replacement, Kilambe failed dope test Sakulanda was hot and top scorer that year they were not considered.We went to Afcon without a good striker and we did pass the group stages.

  5. Not so long ago there was an article on Martin Phiri which was saying he was 24 years old. Like the Olympics do they allow a few over aged players?

  6. @Ba Zambia you are right. I didn’t know Chris Kaoma was also “shot down” for the same retrogressive reasoning. Even Sakulanda? Well, the guy used to come out with a goal or two each game but I didn’t know they sidelined him for the same reasoning! Ukupwalala pa Zambia! Now see how these guys are performing even losing to Namibia, again!

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