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Micho lays down the age marker in his team selection for Botswana

When Milutin Sredojević dropped Clatous Chota Chama from the team that played key international friendlies in October, he spoke of how he was not impressed that Chota and Aubrey Chirwa who play in neighboring Tanzania would only make it to the Chipolopolo camp after Fashion Sakala of Belgium and the Russia based duo of Klings and Evans Kangwa.

With mounting pressure from the fans, he changed his stance and stated that it was because the player would not have made it in time to take the COVID-19 test and receive the results. What he said in addition to this also gave a hint on what he is trying to mold.

“When you love football, you love players that are skillful. He (Clatous) is an extremely skillful player and he is needed. He is not in the age bracket that we are looking for but he has been on the list because we believe in his skills,” Micho said of the 29 year old Chama.

It seems by missing the flight to Lusaka, Chama blew his one life into the Chipolopolo squad as Micho has gone for age over ‘skill’.

Looking at his selection, the gaffer has picked a team with an average age of 24. The outliers are goalkeepers Sebastian Mwange (28) and Allan Chibwe (29), Evans Kangwa (28) and Augustine Mulenga (30).

While the goalkeepers get better with age, Mwange may have already justified his inclusion looking at the pool of goalkeepers available while Kangwa seems to be primed to take over the leadership of the team as captain. Based on his own score, there is very little justification for the inclusion of Augustine Mulenga though his experience could be a plus for the team.

For all he said on the reasons for dropping national team skipper Kabaso Chongo – certainly the issue of the ‘age bracket’ he referred to made the decision easier for him.

There have been calls for the inclusion of the veterans like Stoppila Sunzu (31), Nathan Sinkala (29), Kabaso Chongo (28), Mwape Musonda (29) and the like, but it is clear that the Serb has laid down the age marker and it is the future Chipolopolo that will be on show against Botswana.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers – Sebastian Mwange, Allan Chibwe, Lameck Siame, Jackson Kakunta

Defenders – Dominic Chanda, Benson Sakala, Tandi Mwape, Zacharia Chilongoshi, Kondwani Chiboni, Luka Banda

Midfielders – Collins Sikombe, Kelvin Kampamba, Klings Kangwa, Enock Mwepu, Kelvin Kapumbu, Leonard Mulenga, Lubambo Musonda, Chaniza Zulu, Bruce Musakanya, Amity Shamenda

Strikers – Evans Kangwa, Fashion Sakala, Emmanuel Chabula, Ghampani Lungu, Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga


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8 Comments to Micho lays down the age marker in his team selection for Botswana

  1. Gift John says:

    Nice selection the result is most important

  2. Mwalife says:

    Point of correction! Fashion Sakala plays in Belgium and not Russia.
    Mulenga or Chama?! A coach who keeps grudges is a dangerous one.

  3. Ranx says:

    Check very well the article says Belgium not Russia.
    The problem with us Zambians we are to quick to judge.give the man time to make his winning squad. We have talent in zambia but we since 2012 we have totally failed to nurture these talents so give the man space and watch. We he lose these friendly game it even helps him more and more to build a better squad

  4. Martin Musonda says:

    Good selection

  5. James Kaimba says:

    I triple C is needed in this Team. The some midfielders in the team cant match him. Lets be serious.

  6. James Kaimba says:

    * some midfielders *

  7. Chomba Samuel says:

    CCC missing in the squard, what is the coach’s decision

  8. Cletus Hachi says:

    Let’s give the coach all the support. He’s right to manage the team with age limitations. He’s mindful of the future after all what do you expect from a knowledgeable gaffer. He is less interested in the past groly. He’s building a team that will win today and tomorrow. I salute him.

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