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Zanaco FC bank Katebe

KATEBE

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka & MULWANDA LUPIYA, Ndola
ZANACO have signed international defender Aaron Katebe in an K80,000 deal to bolster the squad for the 2016 Confederation Cup.
Strikers Saith Sakala from Napsa Stars and Fashion Sakala from Nchanga Rangers are part of the 25-member list for the Africa second tier competition getting underway in February.
According to insiders at Zanaco, Katebe, a free agent, has moved to Sunset Stadium on a three-year deal.
The former Afrisport player recently had his contract terminated at Moroccan side Moghreb Athletic Tetouan following the North African team’s failure to honour its obligations.
Katebe joined the Moroccan side on a two-year deal in June last year from Zimbabwean Premier League side FC Platinum.
Katebe in an integral member of the national team and partnered Stopilla Sunzu in Zambia’s 2-1 win over Kenya in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi on September 6 last year.
Others are Nkwazi defender Derrick Mwansa who moves to Zanaco on loan.
Forest Rangers duo of defender Gift Sakuwaha and midfielder Logic Ching’andu have trekked to Zanaco.
Zanaco midfielder Henry Banda, who is believed to be on the verge of joining Napsa, has been left out from the squad.
Coach Mumamba Numba has retained most of the players that guided the side to second position on the Super Division log.
These include goalkeeper Racha Kola, defenders Ziyo Tembo, George Chilufya, Fackson Kapumbu and Lee Ngoma.
Midfielders Augustine Mulenga, Charles Zulu, Potipher Zulu, Aubrey Funga and strikers Moses Phiri and Davy Daka.
Zanaco are on bye to the first round and will face Zimbabwean side Harare City or and AS Adema of Madagascar.
Meanwhile, Zesco United Ivorian defender Ben Adama Banh has pledged to perform to the best of his abilities to ensure the Ndola outfit conquers in the 2016 African Champions League and Super Division campaign.
Banh said in an interview at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday that he is in Zambia to help Zesco win more trophies.
He has signed a two-year deal with the Zambian champions.
“I will try to perform to my best of my ability. I will carry the Zesco flag very high in both the CAF Champions League and on the local scene,” said Banh, who has played against Zesco with two different clubs.
He faced Zesco in 2009 when he was at Ivorian side Africa Sport before playing them last year with Guinean outfit AS Kaloum.
Zesco drew goalless with Africa Sport in Abidjan and won 2-1 in Ndola in the 2009 African Champions League first round and battled to 1-1 draws in both legs against AS Kaloum in the first round of the 2015 edition.
AS Kaloum won 5-4 on penalties and progressed to the second round.
Banh said his abilities with that of his teammates will make Zesco perform to expectation in the lucrative competition.
Banh said the ‘project at Zesco’ inspired him to join the George Lwandamina-drilled side.
“I chose to come here because of the projects at Zesco. They have a very good coach Mr Lwandamina. I had a chat with him before I agreed to join the team. Zesco is a big team,” he said.
Banh was received by Zesco player status committee chairman Charles Kalala and administrative officer Frank Chitambala.
The Zanaco team:
Goalkeepers: Racha Kola, Toaster Nsabata, Mangani Banda
Defenders: Ziyo Tembo, Aaron Katebe, Derrick Mwansa, George Chilufya, Salulani Phiri, Mwelwa, Sakala, Fackson Kapumbu, Gift  Sakuwaha, Lee Ngoma
Midfielders: Logic Ching’andu, Roderick Kabwe, Richard Kasonde, Saith Sakala, Charles Zulu, Isaac Chansa, Augustine Mulenga, Potipher Zulu, Aubrey Funga
Strikers: Moses Phiri, Fashion Sakala, Davy Daka and Peter

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