NATIONAL team coach George Lwandamina has summoned Lusaka Dynamos striker Conlyde Luchanga for Saturday’s 2016 Rwanda African Nations Championship (CHAN) last round first leg against Mozambique.
And the Power Dynamos trio of defender Christopher Munthali, midfielders Benson Sakala and Kennedy Mudenda has joined the national team.
Lwandamina has also recalled Mufulira Wanderers midfielder Jacob Ngulube and goalkeepers Danny Munyau and Toaster Nsabata of Red Arrows and Zanaco, respectively.
This is the first time Luchanga, 17, is earning a Chipolopolo call-up following his impressive form at Dynamos, where he has banged in eight goals this season.
“We are expecting four players to join us today [yesterday]. Two goalkeepers [Munyau and Nsabata], Jacob and Luchanga. Luchanga has not replaced Patson Daka; we have just summoned him,” said Lwandamina in Ndola yesterday.
Power striker Daka is currently attending trials at Spanish side Espanyol.
Meanwhile, Munthali, Sakala and Mudenda, who missed last Sunday’s international friendly against Egypt in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, due to club commitment, trained with their colleagues yesterday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zanaco midfielders Salulani Phiri and Charles Zulu are also in camp.
The 18 players are goalkeeper Jacob Banda, Dauti Musekwa, Boyd Mkandawire, Benedict Chepeshi, Kapota Kayawe, Donashano Malama, Benson Sakala and Christopher Munthali
Others are Buchizya Mfune, Spencer Sautu, Charles Zulu, Salulani Phiri, Paul Katema, Solomon Sakala, Jackson Chirwa, Kennedy Mudenda, Winston Kalengo and Festus Mbewe.
Meanwhile, football administrator Damiano Mutale has advised Lwandamina to avoid experimenting with players if Zambia is to qualify for the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations.
Mutale, who was commenting on Zambia’s 3-0 defeat to Egypt, said in Mufulira yesterday that there is need for consistency if players are to blend.
“There is a lot of experimenting with players in the team and this is not helping the Chipolopolo. There is need for consistency because it is the best way to build a strong team,” he said.
Mutale said Lwandamina should consider summoning experienced players for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.
Zambia are away to Sudan in a World Cup qualifier on November 11 and take on Congo-Brazzaville in a Group E Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next March.
Mutale said Lwandamina has an opportunity to prove that local coaches are capable of handling the national team.