Monday Dec 11, 2017. 15:30
Ahead of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championships in Morocco, Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has named his provisional squad.
Nyirenda has called-up 30 players, including four debutants, as he starts preparations for the tournament set for locally-based players.
Gamphani Lungu of promoted National Assembly, Nkana defender John Mwangeni and Zesco United striker Lazarus Kambole are some of the new players.
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Nkana striker Ronald Kampamba returns to the fold for the first time since 2015 and Chipolopolo will assemble for camp in Lusaka starting on Monday for four days.
Media reports suggest that the team will regroup next weekend, before travelling to Zimbabwe to face for a friendly in Harare on December 23.
Nyirenda's men are in Group B with Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia and Uganda and the showpiece will be hosted from January 12 to February 4.
Zambia provisional squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Moses Mapulanga (Nkana FC), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco FC), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos FC), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows)
DEFENDERS: Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars), Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Lawrence Chungu, Isaac Shamujompa (both Power Dynamos), John Mwengani (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Jimmy Nakena (Nchanga Rangers)
MIDFIELDERS: Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila, John Chingandu (all Zesco United), Larry Bwalya, Godfrey Ngwenya (both Power Dynamos), Augustine Mulenga, Ernest Mbewe (both Zanaco), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), Bwalya Kasonde (Nchanga Rangers)