Tuesday Jul 20, 2021. 14:06
Zambia’s four continental representatives have kicked off their 2021/2022 pre-season training.
Defending FAZ Super League champions Zesco United are entering their second week of training at their Ndola base.
Zesco spokesperson Desmond Katongo told AF that the champions are due to hold a 10-day training camp in the Eastern Province provincial capital of Chipata starting on July 30.
Runners-up Zanaco began their pre-season preparations on July 19 in Lusaka and have a planned training camp in the Zambian tourist capital of Livingstone starting this Sunday.
Zanaco spokesperson Martha Nshimbi said assistant coaches Robin Munsaka and Henry Banda continue to oversee the team while the club hunts for a new head coach to replace Chris Kaunda who was sidelined on May 28, 2021.
Zesco and Zanaco are Zambia’s representatives in the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League.
CAF Confederation Cup envoys Red Arrows, who finished third last season, are entering their second week of pre-season training at their base in Lusaka but have yet to confirm their camping plans.
Fourth placed finishers Kabwe Warriors, who are making their return to continental football for the first time since 1993, are two days into their pre-season preparations.
“We started our pre-season on Monday but we expect to name the new coach next week,” Warriors CEO Charles Chakataziya told AF.
Warriors are looking for a new coach after sacking Levy Chabala in late April that saw assistant coach Ian Bakala successfully preside over their four race until the close of the season.
Meanwhile, the quartet will know their fate in the 2021/2022 continental season on August 15 when the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation draws are made.
The preliminary round of matches will kick-off on September 10.