Friday, April 12, 2024

Kabaso Chongo bounces back as Chicken names squad for Sudan game

Chipolopolo coach ‘Chicken’ George Lwandamina has named the 23 man squad that will do battle for Zambia against Sudan on Wednesday.

A list obtained by the ZamFoot Crew shows that TP Mazembe defender Kabaso Chongo has bounced back in the Chipolopolo squad.

The 2015 CAF Champions League winning defender was part of the provisional squad that was called to camp for the game against Kenya but missed out when the final squad was named with Lwandamina preferring teenage full Benedict Chepeshi.

As revealed by earlier, Chisamba Lungu will not make the trip while Aaron Katebe and Evans Kangwa who play in Morocco and Israel respectively have also bounced back.

Teenage striker Conlyde Luchanga has continued to live his dream as he has made the cut also.

The national team leaves this evening and will arrive in Sudan tomorrow Tuesday.

The game will be played at Marewa Stadium 400Kms outside Khartoum and kick off will be at 1945hrs and will be live at on Supersport.


Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene, Toaster Nsabata, Jacob Banda

Defenders: Christopher Munthali, Stoppila Sunzu, Boyd
Mkandawire, Aaron Katebe, Benedict Chepeshi, Buchizya Mfune,
Donashano Malama, Dauti Musekwa, Kabaso Chongo

Midfielders: Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Jack Chirwa,Lubambo Musonda, Paul Katema, Mwape Mwelwa

Strikers: Collins Mbesuma,Festus Mbewe, Winston Kalengo, Conlyde Luchanga, Evans Kangwa

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  1. Good that Kabaso has bounced back! Now he must be named in the starting lineup to partner Sunzu, Katebe,and Mkandwire at the back….

  2. I don’t there’s any need to go with three goalkeepers for this game against Sudan,two goalkeeper are enough for this game and that would have left room for another creative player after losing out on Chisamba.

  3. 1 MWEENE
    5 SUNZU
    8 JACK
    10 KALENGO
    11 KALABA

  4. It looks like there is some direction. I mean putting together a contingent of 23 players ( like what I see if this is not names only) from Zambia under the current economic situation can not be easy. If the team that will trot onto the field is picked well from Zambia his pool I predict an outright win for Zambia.A number of factors save for the spectators/supporters are in favor of Zambia.

  5. I prefer either Kalaba or Evans at 10. In addition Evans must be started ahead of Kalengo.Zambia needed a good combative central midfielder for this game to assist Nathan. However such a player is currently not there in Zambia. It is not late to groom one though. If things were done according to my philosophy I would convert one of the Sakalas- not in the squad at the moment(I think he plays defense/defensive midfield for his club. Pardon me for not remembering which one exactly between the two lads.The Sudanese prowess is in the central midfield, wingers and the central striker. Neutralizing them with a tireless combative central midfielder, good left and right back, and the central defenders will definitely give the Zambian front liners more opportunities if not a field day.With this formula Sudan would fall with ease.

  6. Good selection of players must not just have a strong starting XI but must have good options on the bench aswell. From the players in camp we don’t have an alternative on position 3 only Boyd and if he is injured, we can only use a makeshift left back. In midfield if we start with Sinkala, Kalaba, Lubambo and Mwape Mwelwa, we will have no game changer to come off the bench. Inthe striking department we can start with the tried combination of Kalengoal and King David and then have options of speedy and tricky Evans Kangwa and Youngster Conlyde Luchanga. If we can put our cards right, we can pull a surprise in Sudan but it’ll all depend on the tactics by the coach. We can use Kalaba in attacking midfield role and throw Lubambo and Mwelwa in the wings who both can also play in attacking midfield role should the coach decide to play Kalaba in the wings but I’d prefer we play Kalaba in the free role to help in defending and attacking.

  7. My prefered line up:

    If we want to do damage control, we could start Donashano Malama alongside Sinkala to compact the midfield and rest Mwelwa whom we can use later as an impact player coming off the bench. I’d prefer Evans to Kalengoal but the partnership of Kalengoal and Mbesuma seems to be working for now and so Evans could come in later as another impact player to change the game. We need an early goal to unsettle them and to throw the game open. We must use wing play and avoid high ball coz they will beat us for height. Anything is possible.

  8. Thax chongo is back and we need him in the starting line up.this luchanga boy should not be rushed into the national team coz we will destroy this boy like daka patson.for me this boy togather with boyd and chepeshi should just watch the game.remember sudan is wounded .katebe,sunzu,chongo,and munthali should take our against idea of using kalaba on the wing .if sinkala and malama can start in the midfiel the i see sudan remain shocked in there back yard coz upfront its clear sudan defence will hav difficult time to handle mbesuma and kalengo with cr lubambo doing what he knows better on the either left or right wing.mbewe should not play this game we are serious here,GO BOYZ GO

  9. Hanif Adams can make a good Faz President…….please Faz councillors vote for him not those politicians vying to be Faz President’s in order to become rich.

  10. Don’t worry guys, Lwandamina against all odds will surprise us with a win in Khartoum. Let us be positive n support our team. Go Zambia go!

  11. ba billy and abram you are always negative about Zambia find another national team to support you are bringing the game of football into politics if you are a candidate for faz position time will come for that let us support the boys. go chipolopolo

  12. Time to rally behind the team no matter our frustrations. Whatever we do in Sudan keeping a clean sheet MUST be a priority. An away goal will be a massive bonus. I’d start with a 4-5-1 formation because Sudan being at home will be under pressure from their fans and will come out flying from the word go. That is what is going to help us open up their defense.

  13. I remember the day we destroyed South Africa in Cape Town when Patrick Phiri used a 4-3-3 where he instructed Mbesuma to be switching to the first three in exchange with Chansa. This compelled Aaron Mokoena to be off position with a central midfielder who was substituted in first half.

    The switching left Katongo and scored 3.

    Our local coaches can supprise on a day and I wouldn’t be surprised if I see the same in Sudan.

    This is the same Sudan team that has only won 1 match in the last four with loses to Congo (1-0 home loss), Gabon (4-0).

    The will rely on assumptions of Zambia using a lone striker, play long balls to skip midfield and long range shots to beat Mweene. At close range they are poor and can only score headers.

    In response Zambia needs to use short passes those chaps are tall like me. Same time Nathan should be ending in centre circle while Mbesuma and Kalengo should be exchanging to pick balls in midfield.

  14. This Boyd Mkandawire and Benedict Chipeshi selection, the coach cant honestly be that blind….whats the story behind these two kids does anyone know? surely even a novice coach would not take the risk with these kids so why would a seasoned coach do it? There must be something behind this constant clearly extreme poor player selection when it comes to these two.
    Where is Kondwani Mtonga, is he still in India? Clearly Nathan does or is not able to hold down the fort in defensive midfield single handed.
    That said I still believe we will beat Sudan. Maybe I’m being over optimistic but I do believe we will beat them in their back yard.
    Very sad our players are withdrawing because of the coaches poor selection criteria and benching seasoned players who are even getting game time at the clubs to play kids who should be in the lower national teams.

  15. Our team doesn’t give us ichimwela 2 watch these dayz I fear 4 them against Sudan, we gonna hv a HATRICK of embarrassments(DRC,Namibia & Sudan). I can only wish them luck as a Zambian.

  16. Good move for recalling Kabaso for this tie,now it is up to him to cement his place in the team and Chongo stop those silly antics of faking injury every time.And to those campaigning for their candidates,critizing I think the players have been selected and it will not change hence let us just rally behind the team,How can you go to war and tell your soilders that we are all going to be defeated and this is a very much better side than that beat Kenya that shows how the selectors are taking it seriously so for now people it is just ICHIMWELA to the boys.

  17. go boys go,show them what we r made lineup 1)mweene 2)kabaso

  18. let chipolopolo boys play our traditional football no aerial balls Sudanese are taller than our players. we don’t want a pollerous defence, more especially on the wings midfield must be strong such that they re able to distribute balls to the strickers properly

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