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Simukonda summons Lumwana midfielder

COACH Fighton Simukonda has drafted Lumwana Radiants midfielder Gozon Mutale into the under-23 national team preparing for the 2015 Senegal African Championship.
Mutale was co-opted following his impressive performance during the Barclays Cup quarter-final match against Zanaco at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium on Sunday, where he was voted-man-of-the-match.
Zanaco thumped 10-man Lumwana 3-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.
Simukonda described Mutale as a good player, who deserves a place in the junior Chipolopolo.
The Nchanga Rangers trainer said the team needs to prepare adequately because the African Under-23 Championship is a big tournament.
Simukonda believes his charges will excel in Senegal and qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
And Mutale is happy to be included in the team.
“I am very happy to be called. I never thought I could be considered. I am very happy,” he said.
The soft-spoken defensive midfielder pledged to work hard to cement a starting position.
“This is an opportunity for me. I am going to work very hard. It is also an honour for me to be included in the team,” Mutale said.
Team manager Hastings Ndovi said all the players took part in yesterday’s training session at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
“All the players are here but Friday Samu and Paul Katema did not train with us today [yesterday] because they are not well. Friday has a sore on the foot while Paul has malaria,” Ndovi said.
The team is scheduled to break camp on Thursday.
Zambia have been pooled in Group A with South Africa, Tunisia and hosts Senegal, while Group B has Algeria, Egypt, Mali and Nigeria.
The tournament will run from November 28 to December 12.

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