Football

Mbesuma, Katongo boost squad

JANZA

By VICTOR KUMWENDA and ROBINSON KUNDA
SKIPPER Christopher Katongo and four others have joined the national team ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.
And national team coach Honour Janza has drafted defender Nyambe Mulenga and midfielder Fwayo Tembo into the national team that will face Mozambique at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Katongo, his younger brother Felix, a midfielder, striker Collins Mbesuma and goalkeeper  joined camp yesterday while Russia-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu arrived on Sunday.
Defender Joseph Musonda of South African premiership side Polokwane City beefed up the team on Saturday.
Musonda was on the bench when the Chipolopolo beat Sudan 3-1 in an international friendly at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
Team manager Lusekelo Kamwambi, who confirmed the arrival of the five players in Lusaka yesterday, said the technical bench expects a full house today.
Kamwambi said the arrival of foreign-based players would provide options for the technical bench.
Turkey-based striker Jacob Mulenga and Southampton forward Emmanuel Mayuka were expected to join the squad in Ndola yesterday.
Others expected in camp are Stopilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Emmanuel Mbola and Kondwani Mtonga.
Meanwhile, Janza said Given Singuluma, Fwayo Tembo and Mukuka Mulenga are ready to fight for positions in the final squad for Saturday’s match.
Singuluma and Mulenga scored in the 3-1 win over Sudan.
Meanwhile, Nyambe and Tembo were outstanding in the match against Sudan.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that Janza has also summoned under-20 national team strikers Patrick Ngoma and Larry Bwalya.
Ngoma and Bwalya were instrumental in steering the junior Chipolopolo to the 2015 Senegal Africa Youth Championship finals.
The calling up of the quartet brings the number of players in camp to 28.
And Tembwe announced that tickets for this Saturday’s match will go on sale on Thursday.
He said VIP tickets will cost K500 while the cheapest will fetch K50.
Tembwe said the tickets will be sold at post offices in Lusaka, Kabwe and the Copperbelt.

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