ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
NATIONAL team coach George Lwandamina has recalled China-based forward Jacob Mulenga and striker Collins Mbesuma for next monthâ€™s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.
According to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) insiders, Lwandamina wants to sharpen the strike force for the September 6 clash in Nairobi.
Mbesuma plies his trade for South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Mbesuma last played for Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, which Zambia won 4-0 in Ndola while Mulengaâ€™s last appearance was in the 1-1 draw against Sudan in the competition.
Other foreign based players summoned are TP Mazembe duo of skipper Rainford Kalaba and midfielder Nathan Sinkala, defender Stopilla Sunzu of French Ligue 1 outfit Lille, Russia-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu, Egypt-based forward Ronald Kampamba, goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and defender Davies Nkausu both based in South Africa.
England-based striker Emmanuel Mayuka, defender Emmanuel Mbola and striker Given Singuluma have been left out.
The players will also feature in Zambiaâ€™s friendly against Gabon at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on September 8.
And Lwandamina will be in charge of the Chipolopolo in Nairobi.
FAZ head of club licensing Erick Mwanza said in Lusaka yesterday that the expatriate coach that will be engaged will take charge after the Kenya match.
â€œHe [Lwandamina] has already been briefed and he knows that he will be in charge of the match in Kenya. But for the matches to follow, he will work with the man we are bringing,â€ Mwanza said.
He said FAZ has already completed the process of identifying and will soon announce the name of the coach after getting a go ahead from Government who are major stakeholders.
â€œThe coach [Lwandamina] has already identifying the players for that game. He has already invited both the local and foreign-based players that he wants for the game,â€ Mwanza said.
Last Friday, Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale said the engagement of the coach was being delayed by lack of resources.
And Lwandamina is ready to be take the Chipolopolo to Kenya.
â€œI am a coach. I have been in this field for a long time. Moreover, I am also an instructor I train even coaches from the Premier League,â€ he said.
Lwandamina is not moved by Kenya coach Bobby Williamsonâ€™s summoning of 15 foreign-based players for the September 6 encounter.
Williamson has named a strong 30 member provisional team which includes Zesco United defence kingpin David Odhiambo, Nkana striker Jacob Keli and Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Lwandamina said even if Kenya invite 100 foreign based players, only 11 will line up against the Chipolopolo.
He is happy with the fitness of the local players that have been called for the match.
The team, which breaks camp today and regroup on Sunday, beat a Matero Select side 1-0 in a practice match yesterday with Friday Samu scoring the solitary goal.
ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka