FIFA World Cup Daka, Banda in Zambia squad to face Morocco, Tanzania

Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant has named a 27-member provisional squad for back-to-back Group E FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Morocco and Tanzania.

Grant has named a mix of experienced and youngsters in a side that will do battle in Agadir on June 7 before hosting the Taifa Stars four days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Italy-based Lameck Banda who is on the books of Lecce misses out due to injury after undergoing surgery while Clatous Chama also misses out after coming off an injury. The 27-member squad that will be further trimmed is expected to have an international camp preceding the monumental fixtures.

Zambia lies second on the log with the same points with log leaders Morocco who have a healthier goal difference while Niger is third with the same tally.

Zambia squad; Goalkeepers: Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Victor Chabu (Nchanga Rangers), Toaster Nsabata (Zesco United).

Defenders; Tandi Mwape (Zesco United), Kabaso Chongo, Killian Kanguluma (both Kabwe Warriors), Stopilla Sunzu (Cangzhou Lions-China), Gift Mphande (Hapoel Rishon LeZion-Israel), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Frankie Musonda (AYR United-Scotland).

Midfielders; Benson Sakala (FK Mlada Boleslav-Czech), Miguel Chaiwa (FC Schaffhausen-Switzerland), Obino Chisala (Costa Do Sol-Mozambique), Lubambo Musonda (Silkeborg IF-Denmark), Abraham Siankombo, Kelvin Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Emmanuel Banda (Rijeka-Croatia), Kings Kangwa (Club Kortrijk-Belgiun), Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos), Kelvin Kampamba (Al Nasr Benghazi-Libya), Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United-South Africa).

Strikers; Patson Daka (Leicester City-England), Evans Kangwa (Shanghai Shenhua-China), Kingston Mutandwa (Cagliari-Italy), Edward Chilufya (Midtjlland-Denmark), Kennedy Musonda (Young Africans-Tanzania).

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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