Nyirenda sweeps Chipolopolo clean of 2012 AFCON winning veterans
Zambia will for the first time since winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament line-up a full strength Chipolopolo squad without any of the stars that lifted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda seems to have completed the axing of the revered 2012 AFCON winning stars after he announced his squad for the March Four Nations tournament which saw him not pick skipper Kennedy Mweene, Russia based defense kingpin Stopilla Sunzu and Chisamba Lungu who were the surviving veterans in the Chipolopolo’s most recent games.
Mweene has been an ever present stalwart in the Chipolopolo goal for over 11 years while Chisamba and Sunzu rose to prominence at the Gabon / Equatorial Guinea 2012 AFCON Tournament.
Wada Wada came into the Chipolopolo job failing to pick a win in his first three competitive matches against Nigeria at home (2 – 1), away against Cameroon (1 – 1) and losing at home (1 – 0) to Mozambique.
It was clear he needed to change something in the team and he did by getting rid of some veterans who included then skipper Rainford Kalaba.
The change seemed to pay immediate dividends with back to back home and away victories against Algeria before losing away against Nigeria.
This was followed by a draw at home against Cameroon which saw Zambia go two games without a win.
Despite some sections of Chipolopolo fans protesting the leaving out of the ‘big boys’ Wada has now moved to quickly clean the Chipolopolo house of all the remaining 2012 heroes.
However, one veteran of the Gold winning team Chintu Kampamba has returned to the squad as Physical Trainer.
Worthy noting is the absence on the team list of 2017 CAF player of the year nominee Fackson Kapumbu who has been a fixture at left back for the past five years.
However, there is optimism in the new talent that will be on display for the Chipolopolo during the Four Nations Tournament to be played Ndola that includes players from the U20 class of 2017.
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