By Joe Apu
Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo, head coach of Zambia Wedson Nyirenda has called up 20 players for a training camp ahead of next month’s important tie.
According to a list released to FAZfootball.com Clatous Chota Chama, Billy Mutale and Fwayo Tembo have again been ommited from the squad.
Nyirenda has however named Under-17 striker Lameck Banda who scored 5 goals at the 2017 COSAFA U17 Championships and has so far scored three goals for Nkwazi since returning, one of which was the only goal in a game against defending champions Sensational Zanaco.
Power Dynamos midfield sensation Larry Bwalya hard also been included in the squad that goes into residential camp on September 25 in Lusaka.
Zanaco duo of speedy wingers in Augustine Mulenga and Enerst Mbewe has also made the cut. Nyirenda will name foreign based players at a later stage.
Striker Justin Shonga is expected to join the squad at a later stage as he will be travelling to South Africa on today.
The domestic based players will begin training for the showdown against Nigeria on Monday, September 25.
Zambia plans to camp in Ghana for the encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Uyo on October 7.
Toaster Nsabata Goalkeeper (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana FC)
Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Muchindu Boston, Moses Nyondo (Nkana FC), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco FC), Webster Mulenga (Red Arrows), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)
Donashano Malama (Nkana FC), Kondwani Mtonga, Mischeck Chaila John Ching’andu (Zesco United FC), Ernest Mbewe, Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Godfrey Ngwenya, Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Lameck Banda (Nkwazi), Jack Chirwa, Mike Katiba, Diamond Chikwekwe (Green Buffaloes)
Alex Ng’onga, Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Lubinda Mundia (Red Arrows)