NATIONAL team coach George Lwandamina has selected nine foreign-based players for next Wednesday’s 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
According to the list obtained by the Sports Mail in Lusaka yesterday, Lwandamina has recalled Israel-based striker Evans Kangwa and defender Aaron Katebe of Moroccan side Moghreb Tétouan.
Kangwa was summoned for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau but did not show up while Katebe featured for the Chipolopolo in the 2-1 win over Kenya in Nairobi on September 5.
Skipper Rainford Kalaba and midfielder Nathan Sinkala, both of Democratic Republic of Congo outfit TP Mazembe, and South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces forward Collins Mbesuma are also in Lwandamina’s plans.
Others are Russia-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu, defender Stopilla Sunzu of French side Lille, goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene of South African side Mamelodi Sundowns and Armenia-based midfielder Lubambo Musonda.
And Lwandamina is impressed with the performance of the foreign-based stars.
He said in an interview at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday that the performance of foreign-based players is a morale bolster ahead of the outing to Sudan.
Kalaba and Sunzu were both on target for their respective clubs last weekend while Mbesuma was crowned September/October player-of-the-month in the Premier Soccer League.
“We have nine foreign-based players coming. Their performance has boosted their personal ambitions. We hope and trust they will replicate that with the national team. Mbesuma’s award is good for him and the team but my appeal to him is that it shouldn’t get to his head. He is experienced enough…went through thick and thin. He is an integral part of the team,” Lwandamina said.
The Chipolopolo are today expected to leave for Luanda for a two-day four-nation tournament that will feature Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Zambia and hosts Angola.
Meanwhile, the Sudan Football Federation has changed the venue for next Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier to Marawi Karima, a town situated in the northern part of the country.
Football Association of Zambia communications manager Nkweto Tembwe confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
“They have changed the venue to Marawi Karima, north of Sudan. The town is about 452 kilometres out of Khartoum,” Tembwe said.