Thursday, June 1, 2023

U-17: Lineker Mbesuma handed call up as Bakala names 48 for AFCON Preps

48 players have been summoned as the U-17 National team moves close to starting their preparations for the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Algeria 2023.


Head coach Ian Bakala has maintained the bulk of the team that secured qualification and handed call ups to a number of new players. 

Former Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma’s son Lineker, SuperSport midfielder Milimo Nalumango and France-based striker Mutale Mutale headline the new call-ups summoned by Bakala.

The 48 players are expected to undergo a 10-day assessment camp that will run from March 5 to 15 in Lusaka.

The camp is the first stage in the COSAFA Champions preparations for TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Algeria 2023.

Zambia were drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, Morocco and neighbours South Africa.

The U17 AFCON will run from April 29 to May 19 and the four semi-finalists of the tournament will qualify for the FIFA World Cup to be played later this year.



Shadrick Kalyati (Chainda Bombers), Hendrix Kanyangulu (Young Kafue Celtic), Elvis Lungu (Muchinga), Lukundo Sichalwe (Mbala Mid Sport), Anthony Matafwali (Nangweshi Pirates)


Manson Muyepa (North-Western province), Maina Kapalu (Western province), Mamba Simbeya (Modern Skills Academy), Siame Sekanji (Konkola Blades), Chimuka Lweendo (Atletico), Mambwe Mbulo (Modern Skills Academy), Lewis Tembo, Miyanda Malama (both Young NAPSA Stars), Gift Siame (Muchinga Blue Eagles), Matius Chibenga (Young FC MUZA), Abel Mwelwa, Taonga Mkandawire (both AMA Soccer Academy), Jonathan Kalimina, Elvis Mulenga (both Young Kafue Celtic), David Hamansenya (Shamuel Academy), Benjamin Mulenga (Sporting Lusaka), Albert Meja (Libala Dynamos Academy), 


Milimo Keith Nalumango (SuperSport United-RSA), Bunonge Bunonge (Nangweshi Pirates), Paul Chibwalu (Young FC MUZA), Victor Simazuwo, Fredrick Ngululu, Joseph Liteta, Samson Malaya (all Atletico), Aaron Mbemba Phiri, Aaron Simpasa (both Young Kafue Celtic), Kelvin Phiri (Janza Soccer School), Stanley Nyamikwe (Pataaki FC)


Lineker Kagiya Mbesuma (Jomo Cosmos-RSA), Mutale Mutale (FC Metz Academy France), Busiku Hanamaila (Southern province), Joseph Ndau (Young Nkana), Chipego Nalonda (Young Nakambala FC), Kelvin Maimbo (Chibombo), January Zyambo (AMA Soccer Academy), Dabwitso Zulu (Eastern province), Zuze Anaya (Nangweshi Pirates), Elvis Lungu (Real Nakonde), Israel Simbeye (Nakonde Warriors), Webster Makungu (Stay Pure Academy), Charles Kampamba (Sate Sate Academy), Emmanuel Mwanza (Young Kafue Celtic), Marcel Zimba (Atletico)

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  1. This is the way to go Mr Ian bakala at least u have a big pool of prayers now involve Mr tactical and Mr B chambeshi to help you select the best prayers from the 48. All the best Ian

  2. Its like the net was cast widely. This is the way to go Zambia is a big Country and the best players may not be in the known premier league

  3. It is Kajiya with a J.
    The grandfather Francis was a GBFC and Zambia’s KK11 great.
    That was Collins’ father, whose mother married a Mbesuma from Kasama,
    a name the father adopted.

  4. Good team selection not like the U20 Coach who filed because he was biased. @Mbuso Nkosi thank you for playing a part in the young man’s life Lineker. Kudos!

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