By VICTOR KUMWENDA
ZAMBIA coach Honour Janza says goalkeeper Dan Munyao is fit and ready for selection ahead of next Sundayâ€™s international friendly against Sudan.
And Janza said midfielder Bruce Musakanya has overcome the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the 2013 Council of East Africa Football AssociationsÂ (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup.
Munyao has been out since September last year due to a thigh muscle injury he sustained during training.
Speaking at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday, Janza said the two players have recovered from injuries and are available for selection for the match against Sudan.
Red Arrows netminder Munyao is competing with Toaster Nsabata of Nchanga Rangers, Green Buffaloesâ€™ Edson Phiri and Mangani Banda of Zanaco.
â€œMunyao is doing well in training, same with Bruce [Musakanya]. He [Munyao] has been out for a long time but I think he is ok and ready for selection. It is the same with Bruce.
â€œThey will be ready for our next assignments [Africa Cup qualifiers], but as is the case with all the players they have to compete for places in the team. I canâ€™t guarantee anyone a place but they are available for selection,â€ he said.
Munyao last played for Zambia in a 4-0 thrashing of Lesotho on June 7 last year in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
He went on to be voted best goalkeeper during the 2013 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Senior Challenge Cup which Zambia hosted and won.
Musakanya, who sustained the injury during the 2013 Barclays Cup final between Arrows and Nchanga Rangers at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, has made 15 appearances this year for Nkana and Arrows but has struggled to rediscover his form.
Arrows midfielder Musakanya was loaned to Super Division champions Nkana for six months.
On midfielder Fwayo Tembo, Janza said the player has been assessed and a decision will be made on whether to select him for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Fwayo scored in the Chipolopoloâ€™s 2-1 win over Division One (South) Zesco Malaiti in a training match at National Heroes Stadium on Tuesday.
Zambia host Mozambique on September 6 and four days later will be away to Cape Verde.
The Chipolopolo broke camp yesterday and regroup on Sunday to prepare for the match against Sudan.
By VICTOR KUMWENDA