Saturday Jul 10, 2021. 14:00
Chipolopolo are preparing to activate their standby players for their last two Group A fixtures following a green-light by COSAFA for teams to add three reserve players to their tournament lists.
COSAFA has allowed the remaining ten teams in the competition to add three standby players to their 20-member squads due to the congested fixture schedule that will see the last two games played over a 24-hour period.
The 2021 COSAFA Cup organizers were forced to reduce the competition to two groups from a three group, 12 team tournament, after Madagascar and Comoros withdrew at the eleventh hour citing Covid-19 concerns.
FAZ spokesperson Sydney Mungala said Zambia were flying in their standby players over the next 24 hours from Lusaka for their final two Group A games against Botswana on July 13 and Bafana Bafana South Africa on July 14.
“We welcome the additional number of players beyond the third game and will re-activate the four players that have always been on standby with the decision of the three down to the coach. We hope we can beat the travel and Covid-19 challenges to get them here on time,”Mungala told AF from the tournament venue in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The reserve players are Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Collins Sikombe, Kabwe Warriors goalkeeper Lameck Siame and his club mate Prince Mumba.
Napsa Stars teenage striker Jimmy Mukeya is set for his senior debut following an impressive season that saw him score 8 league goals for his demoted club.