The COSAFA squad is waiting to play the final with Botswana while the Morocco bound squad is on their way to North Africa, A number of deserving players were snubbed in both squads.
In as much as both Aggrey Chiyangi and Beston Chambeshi picked very good teams for the COSAFA Cup and friendly games respectively.
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Tanzania based midfield ace has been one of the best performers for the National team and it was a big surprise that the Simba player was left out of both the COSAFA Cup squad and the Morocco bound squad.
The Aggrey Chiyangi tutored side is a locally assembled one while Beston Chambeshi said the omission was to give the former Zesco United star some rest after a long and difficult season.
What is clear is that the fans would have loved to see Triple C in action as he remains one of the best creative players Zambia has and his combination with Enock Mwepu seems to be working well.
Evans Kangwa was a fringe player in the 2012 winning squad and was being groomed to take up the mantle from the likes of Chris Katongo and James Chamanga. However, coaches seem to be overlooking the former Nkana danger man.
The Russian based forward was a key member of the Arsenal Tula side that secured a place in next seasons UEFA Europa league. In the Russian top flight league, he played 25 games out of 30 scorings four goals ( all in big games) and setting up a few others.
Given his good season in Russia, one would feel Kangwa should have been part of the Morocco bound squad.
Emmanuel Mbola remains one of Zambia’s best if not the best left back. The 26-year-old has been putting in some good performances in Isreal with Ihoud Bnei Sakhnin and good have been a good addition to the Morocco bound squad.
The Red Arrows midfielder started the transitional league season on a slow note but he soon picked up and was a marvel towards the end of the season.
Katema made a great partnership with George Simbayambaya in the Airmen midfield helping them to a third-place finish narrowly missing on a CAF Confederation Cup slot. He surely could have sneaked in either Aggrey Chiyangi or Beston Chambeshi’s squad.
The Polish-based winger has settled well in a new league and could have used a national team call up to bond with his teammates ahead of future assignments.
Zambia now should be looking at qualifying for Qatar 2022. The material is there. Mbola needs to be brought Zambia does not have a decent left back. Mwiya malumo, Frankie chisenga, Kenneth kalunga, valance nambishi, Edward chilufya etc are players that should also be fused particularly in the Olympics team.
@John Mwiya and Kenneth were summoned U20 at different times if I can remember but If I can recall well people on this blog pressed for frankie to be called but I don’t really know what cooks inside the head of especially Chambeshi, You can see that He snubbed Muwowo at Nkana and also at under 23. Valance Nambishi also should be summoned for under 23 but Chambeshi maybe ama hatred issues! the likes of Shonga all outstanding players who are u23 must also be called for U23 to boost the quality so that the chances of the U23 qualifying for AFCON and OLympics are increased, there are sometimes you have to close your eyes and forget about the seniority of players where playing for Chipolopolo is concerned and focus on qualifying for AFCON u23 and lifting it thereby qualifying for the Olympics.
I may agree on Katema and Lusambo, but not
Cletus & Evans, abaiche balitumpa, just spoil team atmosphere. Mbola also was fired for indiscipline.
I don’t like Cletus and Shonga, too selfish with ball, kwati pali ifyo bali. You can’t compare any of them to Kalaba & Mbesusm.
So instead of you people complaining on behalf on players without sense of humor, just go out and find special talent replacement of Kalaba and Mbesuma.
Naiwe Players are human beings who have Characters, that is why we need some one who must be specially employed by FAZ to Psych the players (Chipolopolo). The Problem is we like condemning so much instead of helping. Look at Fwayo Tembo, what a talent destroyed and overlooked to wallow in his own puke. Pull Him/er Down (PHD) most Zambians have this acronym written all over them.
You are talking of Mbesuma, he is not only finished but does contributed to the effort of the team. Just walks and waits for other pkayers to do the donkey work. As for kalaba he is not up to the level of the game, he s finished. 3c and evans are in form and good material. If the issue is discipline then that can be sorted out.