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Zambia’s Head Coach Selects Young U-20 Stars for a Provisional World Cup Qualifier Squad

Zambia’s Head Coach, Wedson Nyirenda has named seven U-20 players in his 31-member provisional squad for the upcoming back-to-back FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifier against African heavy weights, Algeria.

Zambia’s under-20 side has been unstoppable over the last previous months, winning the 2017 Total U-20 African Cup of Nations, where they set a scoring record in the process and cruised through the U-20 World Cup in Korea to reach the quarter finals.

During a recent media briefing at the football house, the Chipolopolo head coach to the surprise of more youngsters; Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu, Fashion Sakala, Emmanuel Banda, Edward Chilufya, Moses Nyondo, and Boston Muchindu as part of the team that will face Algeria in the upcoming qualifiers.

He also named 2012 African Cup winning goalkeeper Kennedy Mwene as stand-in captain in the absence of Rainford Kalaba who is suspended for accumulating yellow cards and opted to drop striker Collins Mbesuma who was released by South Africa’s Highland Park.

The FAZ Secretary General Ponga Liwewe went ahead to announce that the U-20 Coach Beston Chambeshi had also been promoted and given an assistant coach role in the senior squad.

The team will enter camp on Sunday, August 27th to get ready for the first leg slated to take place at the Heroes Stadium. They will fly to Constantine Algeria for the second leg scheduled to take place 3 days later.


FULL SQUAD:                                                  


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


DOnashano Malama, Boston Muchindu, Moses Nyondo, Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu, Roderick Kabwe, Ziyo Tembo, Isaac Shamujompa, Adrian Chama, Webster Mulenga, Stoppilla Sunzu, Billy Mutale


Kondwani Mtonga, John Ching’andu, Mischeck Chaila, Emmanuel Banda, Ernest Mbwewe, Augustine Mulenga, Fashion Sakala, Edward Cilufya, Enock Mwepu, Clatous Chama, Fwayo Tembo, Godfrey Ngwenya, Chisamba Lungu.


Patson Daka, Brian Mwila, Justin Shonga, Martin Phiri, Alex Ng’onga.



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