Zambia name provisional squad for crucial Afcon qualifiers

Zambia coach Micho Sredojevic has summoned 33 players for the back-to-back Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria and Zimbabwe.

Micho has recalled in-form Buildcon striker Brian Mwila, whose prolific form was instrumental in Zambia’s chase for a World Cup place in 2018 that included back-to-back victories over Algeria.

Mwila has scored five goals, including four in his first five games, since joining Buildcon in December 2020.

The Serb has also called on TP Mazembe defender Kabaso Chongo, with the red-hot pair of Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka also headlining the squad.

Mwepu and Daka campaign for Redbull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, where they have become regular participants in the UEFA Champions League.

Micho has also summoned Roderick Kabwe, who has been away from the Chipolopolo set up for over two years.

Zambia will host Algeria on March 25 before trekking to Harare four days later for the back-to-back encounters in the Group H final qualifiers.

Algeria tops the group on 10 points while Zimbabwe lies second with five.

The Zebras of Botswana have four points while Zambia lies bottom with three points. Victory in the last two games could salvage Zambia’s campaign and earn the Chipolopolo a spot at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The side will commence a local camp this weekend with foreign based players expected in the final stages of the preparations in line with FIFA rules.


Zambia Provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Allan Chibwe (Green Eagles), Cyril Chibwe (Polokwane City, South Africa), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors)

Defenders: Kabaso Chongo, Tandi Mwape (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Adrian Chama, Clement Mulashi (both Zesco United), Golden Mafwenta (Buildcon), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Zachariah Chilongoshi (Power Dynamos)

Midfielders: Enock Mwepu (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Nathan Sinkala (Stellenbosch FC, South Africa), Salulani Phiri (Polokwane City, South Africa), Kings Kangwa (Arsenal Tula, Russia), Clatous Chama, Rally Bwalya (both Simba SC, Tanzania), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Benson Sakala, Spencer Sautu (both Power Dynamos)

Strikers: Patson Daka (Redbull Salzburg, Austria), Fashion Sakala (Ostende, Belgium), Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Lubambo Musonda (Slask Wroclaw, Poland), Roderick Kabwe (Black Leopards, South Africa), Augustine Mulenga (AmaZulu, South Africa), Justin Shonga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles)