Striker Evans Kangwa has been called up to the Zambia team that will face Sudan next week in a 2018 World Cup second round qualifier.
The striker from Israeli club Hapoel Ra’anana is part of the nine foreign-based players called-up for the 2018 doubleheader qualifier against Sudan.
Zambia coach George Lwandamina has decided to keep his faith in Kangwa despite the strikers’ failure to report for the 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier against Kenya on September 6 away in Nairobi.
However, Lwandamina has not summoned defender Emmanuel Mbola, who is also Kangwa’s club mate at Ra’anana.
Mbola too failed to turn up for the Kenya match.
Zambia will have three European-based players to face Sudan led by defender Stopilla Sunzu of French Ligue 1 club Lille plus midfielder’s Chisamba Lungu and Lubambo Musonda of FK Ural in Russia and Gandzasar in Armenia respectively.
Goalkeeper Kennedy Meme and striker Collins Mbesuma are the only PSL player’s in the team.
Zambia will face Sudan away on November 11 in Khartoum before hosting the latter on November 15 in Ndola.
Winner over both legs will advance to group stage final qualifying phase that will decide Africa’s five representatives in Russia.
Foreign based players:
Goalkeeper: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)
Defenders: Aaron Katebe (Maghreb Tetoun, Morocco), Stopilla Sunzu (Lille, France)
Midfielders: Chisamba Lungu (FK Ural, Russia), Lubambo Musonda (Gandzasar, Armenia), Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo)
Strikers: Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Ra’anana, Israel), Collins Mbesuma (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa)