Friday, April 12, 2024

Janza names U20 Charles Zulu ahead of Chris Katongo in Starting XI

Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has named Zanaco’s U20 international Charles Zulu in his starting line-up for the game against Niger this evening.

Zulu has come in at the expense of veteran skipper Christopher Katongo who as expected has started on the bench.

Nathan Sinkala will captain the team while the only other major change to the team has seen the introduction of James Chamanga for Jacob Mulenga who has led the line for Zambia in the last two games.

Chipolopolo Starting XI: 16 Kennedy Mweene 2 Kabaso Chongo 18. Emmanuel Mbola 4. Christopher Munthali 5.Nyambe Mulenga 6.Nathan Sinkala (Captain) 10. Charles Zulu 3. Chisamba Lungu 12.James Chamanga 15. Given Singuluma 17 . Rainford Kalaba.

Substitutes: 1.Joshua Titima 13.Rodrick Kabwe 9. Donashano Malama 11. Christopher Katongo 7. Jacob Mulenga 14. Emmanuel Mayuka 8. Bruce Musakanya.

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31 Comments

  1. I wish Zambia all the luck, but I will be honest and say that Sinkala is being left exposed. Ever since Isaac Chansa was dropped from the National team, Zambia’s midfield has suffered. Sinkala literally gets no defensive support and foes not have a simple outlet because the other midfielders are so offensively minded. Also I have seen Sinkala and Sunzu operate with an almost telepathic understanding on covering especially with Mbola who likes to overlap. I hope the coach has worked on these things, but we’ll wait and see.

  2. I expected Mbola not to have started the game and partnership of Chamanga and Singuluma upfront is quite unexpected because I expected he would have gone for the Jacob Mulenga and Chamanga combination.Anyway the coach knows better.Go Chipolopolo go!!

  3. This Janza man is playing with fire. This is one of the weakest starting eleven that we have ever assembled in years. Janza is wasting our time. We will not go to AFCON with these kinds of experiments. We are in for baptism of fire in Niger. Janza must resign should we fail to beat Niger. Enough is Enough!!!

  4. But why did Janza maintain this thing of Sunzu an Nathan being Captain? I thought he should have changed what PB had done? Kalaba has been more consistent for Zambia since 2005.

  5. James is the only Player scoring goals and playing regularly for his club. Sinkala is not the same player we knew 2 years ago, and he has seen very little game time for his club.

  6. James is the only Player scoring goals and playing regularly for his club. Sinkala is not the same player we knew 2 years ago, and he has seen very little game time for his club

  7. This line up does not inspire any confidence at all. We are in for a rude shock in Niger. The best result we can come out from there with is a draw.#PATHETIC!

  8. For the coach to have made such a bold decision,he plus his assistants must have seen something,the rest of us will see in a couple of minutes.abeit the skeptmism,i will put my head on the chopping board and say zambia will rake through a narrow win.zambia 2 1 Niger

  9. Janza isn’t taking us anywhere. Now you see why local coaches are not given an opportunity its because they all fail us..

  10. The good thing is, we’re not playing in the artificial pitch, and am expecting the game to be a bit faster than the game against cape verde…

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