FASHION RETURNS as coach unveils squad to face Nigeria

Zambia Under-20 midfielder Edward Chilufya is finally set for his senior debut after missing last month’s dates against Algeria due to administrative reasons following his move to Swedish club Djurgårdens.

And Under-20 striker Fashion Sakala is back from suspension to face Nigeria after picking a red card against Algeria earlier this month.

Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda has also maintained brace hero Brian Mwila and another Under-20 star striker Patson Daka in his final 23-member squad.

Meanwhile, Nyirenda has snubbed captain and midfielder Rainford Kalaba for a second successive date, while insisting that the TP Mazembe playmaker is still part of his plans.

Kalaba was ignored for the September 5 Group B away date against Algeria after missing the September 2 first leg match against The North Africans due to a one-match suspension.

Also not picked for the trip to Nigeria is Kalaba’s club mate and fellow midfielder Nathan Sinkala who was also overlooked for September’s Group B doubleheader.

“They are Zambian players and the door has always been open for every other player,” Nyirenda said.

“But for this encounter, we have chosen these 23 that we feel we will use. They will be called in the future.”

Zambia head in to their must-win clash in 2nd in Group B on 7 points, three points behind Nigeria.

Third placed Cameroon and bottom of the log Algeria are out of the race on 3 and 1 point respectively.

Meanwhile, Zambia departs for Ghana this Sunday where they will set up a four-day training camp while in transit to Nigeria.

All the 11 foreign based call-ups will link-up with their 12 domestic counterparts in Accra starting on Sunday.

GOALKEEPERS: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)

DEFENDERS: Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stoppilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula, Russia), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)

MIDFIELDERS: Chisamba Lungu (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Edward Chilufya (Djurgårdens, Sweden), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila (both Zesco United), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering, Austria), Emmanuel Banda (KV Oostende, Belgium), Roderick Kabwe (Ajax Cape Town ,South Africa), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)

STRIKERS: Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Brian Mwila (Platinum Stars, South Africa), Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)

         

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