Monday Apr 10, 2017. 11:30
Ahead of the U-20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea, Zambian coach Beston Chambeshi has called-up a 30-man squad.
The Junior Chipolopolo mentor is now preparing to fine tune his side en route to South Korea as they hope to cause an upset.
Reports indicate that Chambeshi has called up Israel-based midfielder Ngosa Sunzu and Red Arrows striker Patrick Ngoma.
Sunzu is younger brother of national team defence kingpin Stopilla and the coach has also summoned United States of America-based midfielder Peter Mashikini.
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Although he left out Europe-based stars Fashion Sakala (Russia), Patson Daka (Austria) and Mwape Mumba (Spain), the provisional squad is set to regroup in Lusaka on Wednesday.
“The team will report for camp on April 12 at Cool Breeze Lodge at 18:00 hours for local camping until the team leaves on April 23 enroute to Korea for the World Cup,” team manager Daniel Jere said in a statement released in Lusaka on Friday.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that the U-20 African champions will camp in Spain as they will kick-off their World Cup campaign against Portugal in a Group C match on May 21 in Jeju.
Their second match comes against Iran on May 24 and three days later, they wrap up the group stage against Costa Rica in Cheonan.
The provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Samson Banda (Zesco United), James Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos), Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes).
Defenders: Moses Nyondo, Boston Muchindu (both Nkana), Prosper Chiluya (Lumwana Radiants), Benson Chali (Forest Rangers), Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Edward Tembo (Gomes FC), Sydney Phiri (Kabwe Warriors), Wayne Museba (Mufulira Wanderers).
Midfielders: Peter Mashikini (Grand View University (USA), Ngosa Sunzu (Hapoel Ra’anana), Crispin Sakulanda (Mufulira Wanderers), Kenneth Kalunga (IFS, Denmark), Boyd Musonda (Zanaco), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Emmanuel Banda (Esmoriz, Portugal), Linos Makwaza (Power Dynamos), Leonard Mulenga ( Buffaloes), Stephen Chulu (Warriors).
Strikers: Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Edward Chilufya (Mpande Youth), Patrick Ngoma, Joseph Phiri (both Red Arrows), Musonda Siame, Happy Nsofwa (both Lumwana), Damiano Kola (Zanaco).