Zambia’s Chipolopolo Gears Up for Uganda in 2013 AFCON Clash

Zambia is firmly gearing up for an important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda as coach Herve Renard recorded an impressive turn out on the second day of training in Ndola.

There are 22 out of the 24 players the Frenchman called to the team with England-based Emmanuel Mayuka and his counterpart in Portugal still being expected, later tonight.

Team captain Christopher Katongo has also arrived  and in training looks in good shape after injury fears crept in when he sat out of an international friendly against South Korea a fotrnight ago.

Returning to the squad after almost a one-year absence is Holland domiciled striker Jacob Mulenga who alongside midfielder William Njobvu were among the earliest ‘birds’ to arrive in camp.

Katongo, who plays in China, arrived at the same time with James Chamanga and Isaac Chansa both of whom are also in the Far East league.

Two players based in Angola – Felix Katongo and Lawrence Phiri – have also reported on time.

Those who play for TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived on Monday night and managed to train with the rest of the team on Tuesday.

The five players from TP Mazembe are Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala, Francis Kasonde, Hichani Himoonde and Stopphila Sunzu.

First-choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene of South Afroca’s Free State Stars is in great form and arrived in camp in good time to join the locals in his department that include Joshua Titima and Danny Munyau.

Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in February 2012 but must beat Uganda over two legs to qualify for the next edition to be hosted by South Africa next year.

The Ugandans arrive in Zambia on Thursday for the match set for Levy Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

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