National team coach Sven Vandenbroeck has started preparations for the Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations against Namibia in September.
Vandenbroek has called an initial 23-member squad comprising local players for assessment.
According to his proposed program, Vandenbroek will assess most of the local players before naming his final squad that will comprise foreign based players for the Namibia clash.
“I want to the players, assess them and see what they can do. I want players with technical skill. The players that are versatile. I don’t like players who just wait in their positions. I want them to show me initiative and dominance that’s my story,” he said.
Vandenbroek initially named midfielder Cletus Chama but withdrew after the players left Lusaka Dynamos for Tanzanian side, Simba FC.
And South African Dayle Solomon is new Chipolopolo assistant coach.
According to information Dayle has previously worked as performance analyst for the South African side Highlands Park.
Others on the technical bench are Kabwe Warriors assistant coach Chintu Kampamba as physical trainer while Stephen Mwansa has been retained as goalkeeper coach with Ephraim Mphanza and Hensey Chilimboyi as physiotherapists.
Hastings Ndovi has continued as team manager while Gerard Sakala has stayed on as kit master with Nathan Phiri being appointed team security.
Goalkeepers: Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Mangani Banda (Zanaco)
Defenders: Gideon Sichone (Green Buffaloes), Gift Zulu (Nkana), Kamwanga Allan (Power Dynamos), Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Lawrence Chungu (Buildcon), Mwila Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos), Laison Thole (Kabwe Warriors)
Midfielders: Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Linos Makwaza Jnr (Power Dynamos), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Jacob Ngulube (Nkana), Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Chibwe James (Kabwe Warriors), Kelvin Kampamba (Nkana), Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Charles Zulu (Zanaco).
Strikers: Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), Alex Ngonga (Power Dynamos) and Felony Sitonya (Green Buffaloes).