Zambia’s Chipolopolo interim coach Beston Chambeshi has summoned a strong 24-member squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea next month.
Chambeshi has invited England-based Patson Daka of Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Enock Mwepu and Scotland’s Rangers FC striker Fashion Sakala Junior for the back-to-back qualifiers.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has released the squad, which interestingly, has just one player invited from South Africa—goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe of Baroka FC.
The likes of Augustine Mulenga of AmaZulu, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Kennedy Mweene, Ghampani Lungu from SuperSport United and Nathan Sakala of Stellenbosch FC has been omitted.
TP Mazembe defender and former skipper Kabaso Chongo is also conspicuously missing from the squad.
The interim manager Chambeshi should be seeking for a better showing in the games against Equatorial Guinea as he started his reign with a 2-1 win in Mauritania and a home 2-0 loss to Tunisia.
A statement from FAZ says Zambia will stop over in Cameroon for camp training before travelling to Equatorial Guinea on October 7 then hosting them at Heroes Stadium on October 10.
Mwenya Chibwe (Baroka FC-RSA), Gregory Sanjase (Zesco United), Lameck Siame (Zanaco)
Benedict Chepeshi, Prosper Chiluya (Red Arrows), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Simon Silwimba, Solomon Sakala (both Zesco United), Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe-DRC), Isaac Shamujompa, Peter Kalota (both Zanaco)
Enock Mwepu (Brighton and Hove Albion-England), Lubambo Musonda (AC Horsens-Denmark), Dickson Chapa, Kelvin Kampamba (both Zesco United), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Felix Bulaya (Red Arrows), Clatous Chota Chama (RS Berkane-Morocco), Larry Bwalya (Simba SC-Tanzania),
Fashion Sakala (Rangers-Scotland), Patson Daka (Leicester City-England), Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Evans Kangwa (Arsenal Tula)