Tuesday May 30, 2017. 17:00
Zambian senior national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a 23-man squad to face Gabon in an international friendly this weekend.
The match is set to be staged in Libreville on Sunday, June 4 and a surprising inclusion is that of Buildcon striker Jonas Sakuwaha who last played for the team in 2012.
The striker's last tour with Chipolopolo was in Libreville five years ago when Chipolopolo were crowned African champions there.
However, it is reported that the home-based team will be without Zanaco and Zesco United players, due to their 2017 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup engagements at home this weekend.
Meanwhile, Power Dynamos has the biggest contingent in the travelling party with five players, with Nyirenda hoping to get a win.
Furthermore, Nyirenda led his charges to their first training session in Lusaka on Monday at Woodlands Stadium ahead of Thursday’s departure for Gabon.
The clash against the Panthers follows the 2015 1-1 draw in a friendly which was staged in Lusaka.
Nyirenda's full squad:
Goalkeepers: Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos), Charles Mweemba (Lumwana Radiants), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana)
Defenders: Given Sinyangwe ,Donashano Malama (both Nkana ), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Moonga Chilimba (Kabwe Warriors), Isaac Shamujomba (Nchanga Rangers ), Billy Mutale Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos), Mwila Phiri (Green Eagles)
Midfielders: Stanley Nshimbi (Red Arrows), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars), Clatous Chama, Mwansa Nsofwa (both Lusaka Dynamos), Godfrey Ngwenya, Fwayo Tembo (both Power Dynamos)
Strikers: Jonas Sakuwaha (Buildcon), Ignatius Luipa (Nakambala Leopards), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Justin Shonga (Nkwazi), Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes)