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Coach Janza in deadline hitch

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
AS the deadline for the 2015 Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations looms today, injuries have delayed national team coach Honour Janza to name the final squad with Red Arrows’ teenage striker Patrick Ngoma doubtful for the biennial tournament.
Janza said in an interview from Johannesburg yesterday that the friendly against South Africa on Sunday left a lot of casualties and the technical bench was relying on the medical report to name the final team of 23.
Zambia lost 0-1 to South Africa at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
“We obviously can’t make the final team without getting a full medical report on the players especially those that picked up injuries during the friendly on Sunday.
“With Patrick, his ankle injury was before the friendly and we have tried to look at it but it is proving to be stubborn. If we have to go with him to Equatorial Guinea, he will be on 75 percent,” Janza said.
He said first choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, who sustained a groin injury during the match against South Africa, started light training yesterday while midfielders Chisamba Lungu and Nathan Sinkala have recovered.
“Patrick’s injury looked minor but it is still troublesome. He is still limping and only doing 50 percent of training,” he said.
Janza praised the Israel-based duo of Emmanuel Mbola and Evans Kangwa saying the two have proved their worth despite joining the team late.
Mbola arrived in South Africa on Sunday while Kangwa joined the following day and both had their first training session yesterday.
“They both looked good in their first training and it is because they are coming from an active league. Their activity at club level has been very helpful and we hope they take their fitness to AfCON,” Janza said.
Janza is expected to drop four players today with goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata and injury-plagued Bronson Chama facing the chop.

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