Zambia coach George Lwandamina says the injury setbacks ahead of Saturday’s 2016 CHAN qualifier will not affect his plans for the must-win clash against Namibia.
Lwandamina will be without Nkana striker Jimmy Ndhlovu and Zesco United midfielder Justin Zulu due to injuries.
Ndhlovu has a knee ligament injury while Zulu has an ankle problem that he sustained at the 2015 Cosafa Cup in South Africa in May.
“The injuries will not affect our game plan,” Lwandamina said.
“We will miss their services because each player has their own attributes but we have enough depth to replace them.”
Lwandamina has recalled striker Festus Mbewe of Red Arrows following Ndhlovu’s withdrawal.
Mbewe returns to the team for the first time since the 2013 Cecafa Cup in Kenya where Zambia finished third.
Mufulira Wanderers’ Jacob Ngulube and Seith Sakala of Napsa have been brought in as potential replacements for Zulu.
Meanwhile, there is good news for Lwandamina after Power Dynamos defender Christopher Munthali and Green Buffaloes winger Allan Mukuka returned to training on Thursday after carrying knocks on Wednesday.
“Mukuka and Munthali are now fine and had vigorous training with the team,” Zambia team physician Doctor Joseph Kabungo said.
“They are in shape and ready for Saturday’s game.”
Zambia trail 2-1 from the first leg played on June 21 in Windhoek and must beat Namibia this weekend at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka to advance to the final qualifying round.