ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
NATIONAL team coach Wedson Nyirenda has drafted under-20 national team midfielder Emmanuel Banda and three others in his 27-member squad for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup kicking off today in South Africa.
Zambia will join the competition at the quarter-final stage and will face Botswana at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this Saturday.
According to the team list released by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) yesterday, Nyirenda has also roped in under-20 striker Conlyde Luchanga and defenders Moses Nyondo and Solomon Sakala.
The quartet was influential in leading Zambia to the quarter-finals at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
The team is expected to regroup in Lusaka today.
Nyirenda has selected a bulk of the team that beat South Africa 2-1 in an international friendly in Rustenburg on June 13.
Banda, who plies his trade in Portugal, and striker Musonda Mwape of South African first division side Black Leopards, are two foreign-based stars in the team.
Nyirenda has not selected Zanaco and Zesco United players because of their involvement in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively.
Goalkeepers: Charles Mweemba (Lumwana Radiants), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos), Kelvin Malunga (Nkana)
Defenders: Donashano Malama, Given Sinyangwe, Moses Nyondo (all Nkana), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Eric Chomba (Nkwazi ), Isaac Samujomba (Nchanga Rangers ), Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars), Webster Mulenga (Red Arrows ), Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos)
Midfielders: Mwila Phiri (Green Eagles), Mwansa Nsofwa (Lusaka Dynamos), Diamond Chikwekwe, Jack Chirwa, Mike Katiba, Brian Mwila (all Buffaloes), Paul Katema (Arrows), Collins Sikombe (Napsa), Emmanuel Banda (Sporting Clube Esmoriz, Portugal), Godfrey Ngwenya (Power)
Strikers: Chitiya Mususu (Napsa), Justin Shonga (Nkwazi), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos) Lubinda Mundia (Arrows) and Musonda Mwape (Black Leopards).