CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has selected 25 players ahead of this monthend’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)
Under-17 Championship billed for Mauritius.
Under-17 assistant coach Charles Bwale, who released the names in Lusaka yesterday, said all players will undergo the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) testing.
The players were picked after conducting trials in all the ten provinces.
“During the screening process, all players will undergo an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan as part of the stringent measures that has been put by FAZ [Football Association of Zambia). The Under-17 selection process is still going on. It will spread across a year,” Bwale said.
He said the technical bench is still conducting trials.
“We had picked 25 players after going round the provinces. But after conducting the first training session, we received more players and the number went up to 45. We are still expecting more players to come before we announce the provisional team on Sunday [tomorrow],” he said.
The team is camped at the FAZ Technical Centre in Lusaka ahead of the July 21 to 31 tournament.
Zambia has been drawn in Group B alongside arch rivals South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Defending champions Namibia have withdrawn from the tournament citing financial challenges.
The junior Chipolopolo were disqualified at last year’s event in Mauritius after striker Nicholas Mulilo and defender Benjamin Phiri were found to be overage.
The players are Erick Nkandu (Kabwe Mine School), Kingsley Kakwiya (Kansenshi), Titus Chapu (Sekela), Lackson Chileshe (Tangata), Emmanuel Mphasi, Edwin Banda (Both Chizongwe Technical), Frederick Mwila (Mutende), Evaristo Kalaba (Mansa Trades), Francis Simwinga (Mansa High),
Others are Levy Sinkala (Ikawa), Boniface Kashiwa (Mungwi Technical), Christopher Katongo (Kasama Boys), Michael Kafusha (Milungu), John Mulalangabo (Kasama Boys), Stephen Chiyesu (Linda), Owen Mwenya (St Edmunds), Reuben Kairo, Martin Musokotwane, Muma Mumba (all Maamba).
The rest are Kingsley Fichite (Choma), Lombe Chileshe (Monze Boarding), Melvin Tembo (Kaoma), Kakuwe Nalumwe (Shangombo), Emmanuel Kachana (Kambule) and Niza Simutenda (Mubanga Chipoya).