By HONE SIAME
DEFENDER Stopilla Sunzu, midfielder Nathan Sinkala and strikers Jacob Mulenga and Emmanuel Mayuka have joined the national team ahead of Saturdayâ€™s 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.
Another player who has joined the team, which is camped at Kitweâ€™s Moba Hotel, is Israel-based defender Emmanuel Mbola.
In an interview yesterday after a morning training session at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, coach Honour Janza said the100 percent turn-out demonstrates the playersâ€™ commitment and seriousness to national duty.
Janza, who started his reign as Chipolopolo coach with a 3-1 victory over Sudan in last Sundayâ€™s international friendly at Lusakaâ€™s Heroes National Stadium, is expecting all the players to put in their best in training.
â€œIt is good to see everyone in. I would like to thank the boys for turning up on time. It shows the commitment, passion, seriousness and respect players have for the Zambian people. Everybody is looking good in training but the most important thing is to see real action on Saturday,â€ he said.
The other foreign-based players in camp are skipper Christopher Katongo, Chisamba Lungu, Felix Katongo, Collins Mbesuma, Joseph Musonda, Mukuka Mulenga, Rainford Kalaba, Kabaso Chongo, Given Singuluma and Jonas Sakuwaha.
Janza also said Nkana striker Ronald â€˜Sate Sateâ€™ Kampamba is still part of the team.
â€œRonald is still part of the team. He is being assessed by our medics,â€ he said.
Kampamba is recuperating from an ankle injury.
The team will again train at Arthur Davies Stadium today before moving to Ndola tomorrow.
Meanwhile, CHISHALA MUSONDA reports that nine foreign-based players have joined the Mozambique squad that has set up camp in South Africa.
The nine linked up with the team, which set up camp in Johannesburg yesterday with coach Joao Chissano awaiting Bone Uaferro of Fortuna Cologne in Germany to complete his list.
Uaferro missed Mozambiqueâ€™s pre-group stage qualifiers against South Sudan and Tanzania but Chissano is positive the player will make it for the fixtures against Zambia and Niger.
The Cape Verde Islands are the other team in Group F.
According to jornalnoticias.co.mz, Mozambique conducted their first training session that involved locally based players on Monday before travelling to South Africa.
Mozambique are expected in the country tomorrow.
The full team:
Miracle Momed Hagy, Kito and Chico (Liga Desportiva de Maputo), Diogo (FerroviÃ¡rio de Maputo), Soarito, Dario Khan and Said (Costa do Sol), Isac (Maxaquene), Mario and Maninho (FerroviÃ¡rio da Beira), and the duo Miro and Josimar of Bravos de Maquis in Angola.
Others are Mexer (Rennes, France), Dominguez (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jumisse (Primeiro de Agosto, Angola), Helder Pelembe (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), GelÃcio BanzÃ© (ZFC Meuselwitz, Germany), ClÃ©sio (Harrisburg, USA), Zainadine Jr and Reginald (Nacional da Madeira), Simon Mathe (Levante, Spain), Ricardo Campos (UniÃ£o da Madeira) and Faizal Bangal from Italian side Ascoli Picchio.
By HONE SIAME