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Chambeshi summons professionals


WITH focus on the FIFA 2017 South Korea World Cup, under-20 national team coach Beston Chambeshi has summoned three foreign-based players for the Africa Youth Championship kicking off next month.
‘Quicksilver’ Chambeshi has drafted in Israel-based defender Ngosa Sunzu, midfielder Emmanuel Banda, who plies his trade in Portugal, and Spain-based midfielder Numba Mwape.
Chambeshi told that he wants to assess the players before naming his final squad for the two-week tournament, which ends on March 12.
Denmark-based midfielder Kenneth Kalunga, who was part of the winning Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Youth Championship in South Africa, is in Chambeshi’s plans.
Chambeshi said the technical bench is targeting leading the junior Chipolopolo to the World Youth Championship billed for May this year.
The top-four finishers will book a ticket for the South Korea tournament.
Sunzu, who features for Israeli side Hapoel Ra’anana, is expected to join camp next week.
“We have players who are coming from outside the country and by next week, we may have two or three joining us. They have always been part of our team but they came at the last minute that is why we left them from the COSAFA Youth Championship squad. We hope they can join us this week,” Chambeshi said.
Zambia are in Group A alongside Egypt, Guinea and Mali while Group B has Cameroon, Senegal, Sudan and South Africa.
And Russia-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu has urged the junior Chipolopolo players to believe in themselves.
Chisamba, who trained with the junior Chipolopolo at Active Gymnasium in Lusaka yesterday, said the players have the potential to win a maiden continental title.
“According to what I have seen, most of the players are determined. I have seen the commitment, hard work and determination. If they continue with the same spirit, they will do well. There is nothing impossible in football,” he said.
Chisamba said the players should maintain discipline to succeed in their careers.

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