By VICTOR KUMWENDA
NATIONAL team coach Honour Janza says midfielder Fwayo Tembo needs support to keep his career on track.
And Cape Verde coach Rui Aguas is confident the Blue Sharks will beat Zambia in next monthâ€™s 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations Group F qualifier.
Tembo has been recalled for Sundayâ€™s international friendly against Sudan.
Speaking during a briefing at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday, Janza said Tembo needs support from all stakeholders to resuscitate his career.
â€œFor me he has not been recalled. Fwayo [Tembo] is part of the system although there are times that he has not been called to the squad. I know he has been out for quite some time now, which is also a concern for us.
â€œWhat we need is to support him and manage him now that he has joined Red Arrows. We just want him to be active. We know he has issues with his club but leaving him like that wonâ€™t help,â€ said Janza referring to Temboâ€™s contractual dispute with Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu.
Tembo signed a two-year contract with Turkish premiership side Konyaspor in June this year but has not joined his teammates for pre-season training because of contractual disputes.
On the expelled Power Dynamos trio of goalkeeper Joshua Titima, midfielders Richard Kasonde and Kennedy Mudenda, Janza said the players are in his plans for the September 6 clash against Mozambique.
He said the trio, including Zesco United midfielder Justin Zulu, is still part of the Chipolopolo.
â€œWe decided to send them back because they were not ready but they have not been dropped. They, however, need to be focused to succeed and discipline is cardinal for them to realise this,â€ Janza said.
The quartet was expelled for reporting late for national team camping.
Meanwhile, Cape Verde trainer Aguas knows where to press to beat Zambia.
â€œWe have time and we will be ready for these first two battles [against Niger and Zambia] and we are confident we will manage our commitment and overcome our opponents.
â€œRegarding preparations for the first two qualifiers on September 6 in Niger and at home with Zambia, the coaching staff has for more than two months been preparing for these confrontations,â€ Aguas told the OceanPress.
Cape Verde will host Zambia on September 10.
By VICTOR KUMWENDA