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Zambians To See Chipolopolo, Korea FIFA Friendly Live on ZNBC

Zambians will have an opportunity to see their senior national team in a FIFA international friendly against South Korea on Wednesday.

According to a spokesperson at Zambian Football Federation, the body had done almost everything needed to facilitate for the live broadcast of the game.

The African champions will play South Korea on Wednesday as part of their prepartions for a qualifying two-legged encounter against Uganda next month.

“The consultations with various partners and engagements with ZNBC have so far progressed very well. From the point of view of FAZ, we are done with virtually all necessary engagements and arrangements to facilitate the live broadcast of this high profile international match on Wednesday,” said Erick Mwanza, the association spokesperson.

So far, there has been no official statement from ZNBC to confirm the position by FAZ.

South Korea is expected to give ZNBC a live feed for free since it has waived the purchase of broadcast rights.

Zambian coach Herve Renard has almost all his players in the team but there are some key figures that will miss the match.

Six top players, four of whom, played in the first team at the Africa Cup of Nations early this year are excused from international duty due to their commitment at their Lubumbashi-based club – TP Mazembe.

Influential midfielder Rainford Kalaba, defenders Stophilla Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde and Nathan Sinkala will not be available as their club TP Mazembe is engaged in African CAF Champions League fixtures this weekend.

TP Mazembe will play Zamalek away in Egypt and have spent a week preparing for the match in Zambia where they have played two friendly matches with local sides Forest Rangers and Zesco United.

Mazembe have won both matches against Forest 1-0 and Zesco 2-1 against Zesco played last night.

Striker Jacob Mulenga, who plays for FC Utrecht in Holland, and Roger Kola of KAA Gent in Belgium have been excused from the Korea friendly. Mulenga is attending to a personal problem while Kola has not fully recovered from injury.

 

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