Saturday, December 2, 2023

U23 AFCONQS: Mutale, Mashata, and Andrew Phiri lead Mutapa’s final squad

Zambia U23 National Team head coach Osward Mutapa has named his final squad ahead of the back to back AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.


Power Dynamos midfielder Joshua Mutale and winger Golden Mashata lead the squad that will square off with the Young Pharaohs.

FC MUZA striker Andrew Phiri, Jimmy Mukeya of NAPSA Stars and ZESCO United’s Enock Sakala Jnr are the strikers Mutapa has called upon for the games. 

Other notable names include Happy Nsiku, Shapy Chikondi Njobvu, John Kosamu, Prince Mumba, Patrick Gondwe and Wilson Chisala of Zanaco. 

European based players in Miguel Chaiwa and Mannah Chiwisa are also expected to join the team on March 19th.

Before facing Egypt, Mutapa’s side will face Niger on Friday in a friendly that both sides will be using to prepare for their final round qualifier against Egypt and Sudan respectively.

Zambia will be away to Egypt in the first leg on March 22nd  with the second leg set for the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on March 27th.

Winner over both legs will qualify for the 2023 U23 TotalEnergies Africa Cup which will be held later this year in November.



Levison Banda (ZESCO United), Francis Mwansa (Trident) and Mukuka Chilufya (Aguila Stars)


Emmanuel Chembe (Nchanga Rangers), Matthews Chabala (Nchanga Rangers), Sharp Chikondi Njobvu (Green Eagles), Gift Mphande (Atletico Lusaka), Happy Nsiku (Red Arrows), John Chishimba (ZESCO United)


Patrick Gondwe (Nkana), Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), John Kasamu (Green Buffaloes), Golden Mashata (Green Buffaloes) Martin Njobvu (Green Buffaloes), Martin Zulu (Chambishi)


Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars), Andrew Phiri (FC MUZA), Wilson Chisala (Zanaco), Enock Sakala (ZESCO United), Ricky Banda (Red Arrows)

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