MICHAEL MIYOBA writes @SunZambian ZAMBIA national soccer team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has unveiled a 31-member squad that will represent Zambia at the African Nations Championships (CHAN) slated for next month in Cameroon. Micho has included five players from the Fans’ Select Side that held the CHAN bound squad to a 1-1 stalemate in a […]
MICHAEL MIYOBA writes
ZAMBIA national soccer team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has unveiled a 31-member squad that will represent Zambia at the African Nations Championships (CHAN) slated for next month in Cameroon.
Micho has included five players from the Fans’ Select Side that held the CHAN bound squad to a 1-1 stalemate in a friendly match played at Nkoloma Stadium on Monday.
He has included two Zesco United players Clement Mwape and Adrian Chama, while midfielder Harrison Chisala, Spencer Sautu and striker Roger Kola join the team from Power Dynamos, Nkana and Zanaco respectively.
‘Micho’ however hinted that the team would be trimmed to 28 players for the games in Cameroon.
Speaking after he unveiled the squad, the national team coach said the five players selected form the Fans Select side would add the experience needed for the team to do well in Cameroon.
Micho said the players selected have talent and quality to get the needed results at the tournament in Cameroon.
He said the team will leave no stone unturned and do anything possible to get the needed results at the CHAN tournament.
“That experience of Clement Mwape and Adrian Chama and Rodger Kola who was one of the pillars when ZANACO reached the quarter finals of the CAF Interclub Championship was something we wanted to inject in our team,” ‘Micho’ said.
“Having in mind the kind of competition we are going for needs and injection of maturity, seniority and experience.”
‘Micho’ hailed the Football Association of Zambia FAZ for working hard and enabling the team to play a friendly match as a kick start point ahead of the CHAN tournament.
He, however, called on supporters to support the boys for them to be encouraged to do well in Cameroon where they will take part in a four nation’s tournament involving Niger, Uganda and Cameroon before the CHAN tournament set to kick off on January 16.
“I have one request. We have accommodated five players from the Fans Select side and showed the respect to supporters. From this moment we need to unite because, no-matter the tribe, political or any kind of divisions Chipolopolo is supposed to be the factor that unites us together. “I request that we start in spirit and in prayer to support the boys because those are the people on the field of play representing the football heart of every Zambian,” Micho said.
Goalkeepers: Charles Kalumba (Prison Leopards), Siame Lameck (Kabwe Warriors), Chooma Patrick (KYSA), Richard Nyirenda (Nchanga Rangers)
Defenders: Mwape Clement, Adrian Chama (both Zesco United ), Chanda Dominic (Kabwe Warriors), Mafwenta Golden (Buildcon), Banda Luka (Napsa Stars), Chiboni Kondwani, Zacharia Chilongoshi, Benson Sakala (all Power Dynamos) Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Mwansa Pride (Nkwazi)
Midfielders: Kelvin Kampamba, Bruce Musakanya (Both Zesco United), Leonard Mulenga, Jack Chirwa (both Green Buffaloes) Spencer Sautu, Chaniza Zulu (both Power Dynamos), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Kelvin Kapumbu, Albert Kangwanda (both Zanaco), Paul Katema, Felix Bulaya (both Red Arrows), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Sikombe Collins (Lusaka Dynamos)
Strikers: Rodger Kola, Phiri Moses (both Zanaco), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Chabula (Lusaka Dynamos).