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Janza’s radar picks Mtonga

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
NATIONAL team coach Honour Janza is considering recalling India-based midfielder Kondwani Mtonga ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mtonga, 28, last played for the Chipolopolo in a 4-3 loss to Japan in a friendly in June in Florida, USA.
Janza said he has been monitoring Mtonga’s performance in the inaugural Indian Super League where the midfielder plays for North East United.
“He [Kondwani] has done well, so I think when the player is showing something in the positive, it will be just right that he be considered. We are happy with what he is doing, he is a good player,” Janza said.
Mtonga has made 13 appearances, scoring two goals.
And defender Bronson Chama has been put on special training regime to have him fit for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
“As at now, we can say he is at 60 percent fit. For now, he is not in competitive form but we are confident with the kind of planning that we have put in place he will be able to reach the maximum limits,” national team physiotherapist Gibson Chaloba said.
Chama is a last-minute inclusion following the withdrawal of Nyambe Mulenga who fractured his leg in a road accident last Sunday.
The Red Arrows defender missed most of the 2014 FAZ Super Division season with a knee ligament injury sustained in pre-season training.
“He had a knee ligament injury if you may remember very well and he only played the last two games at Arrows but we are confident he should be able to get better,” Chaloba said.
Chama captained the Chipolopolo that won the 2013 COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup.


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