Zambia Unveils Provisional Olympic Squad

Under-23 national team coach Beston Chambeshi has summoned 30 players for a local camp ahead of the March 20 first leg Olympic qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre.

Chambeshi has roped in the bulk of his 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup winning side on home soil.

The team will enter residential camp on January 28-31 before entering the second camp on the weekend of February 11.

Chambeshi will in the final stretch include foreign based players to complete his puzzle.

Zambia will tackle Malawi in its first assignment for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Egypt.

Zambia will be away to Malawi on March 20 in the first leg before hosting the junior flames four days later.

Malawi booked a date with Zambia after a 1-1 home draw against Botswana in Blantyre on Tuesday to qualify 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 away win in Gaborone on November 17.

Zambia was on bye for the first round but will join the fray in the penultimate stage before the closing round.

Winner of the Zambia and Malawi game will move into the final qualifying round next June to face either Congo Brazzaville or Burundi to decide who qualifies to the Egypt finals.

The 2019 AFCON will be used as a qualifier for the Japan 2020 Olympic Games.

Top three finishers at the Egypt finals will qualify to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Zambia last participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 where they famously reached the quarterfinals.




Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi), Timothy Zulu (MUZA)



Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Prosper Chiluya (Nkwazi), Solomon Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe (both Zesco), Sydney Phiri (Gomes), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos), Luke Banda (Napsa Stars), Kebson Kamanga (Nkwazi), Dominic Chanda (Circuit City)



Boyd Musonda (Zanaco), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Linos Makwaza jr (Power Dynamos), Satty Phiri (Circuit City), Musonda Siame (Lumwana), Lameck Banda, Edward Tembo (Zesco United), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Austin Banda (Napsa Stars), Chrispin Sakulanda (Red Arrows)



Happy Nsofwa (Lumwana), Joseph Phiri (Red Arrows), Stephen Banda (MUZA Academy), Davy Daka (Power Dynamos), Theophilus Kasonde (Paramilitary), Bwalya Chella (Young Buffaloes), Benson Kolala (Nhanga Rangers)


(Source: FAZ Media)


  1. Rcmp

    Where are the professional?pliz chambeshi 4 the seek of pice include professionals in the squad

  2. Rcmp

    The problem of Zambian coaches u like making experiments where it is not necessary

  3. One zed manex

    We failed to qualify for the historical Africa cup of Nations,so we won’t forgive you if we don’t qualify for the Olympics

  4. Patson

    The performance of zambia under 23 is pathetic it iz wasting tax payers has been participating in Olympic games but nothing positive comes out.pliz this time around do yo best in Egypt or else

    • ROKA.

      And who are you blaming?Be patient! You are one of people who confuse the couches!!

  5. Rodgers

    Go Zed go we at 1


    i have stoped supporting zambia kutiwafwa na bp

  7. Frank

    looking forward to see how they will play

  8. Kusanga Jr

    Comment reserved for the final selection.

  9. Gondwe .A

    we can improve provided we remain focused, go Zambia go, we are behind you only when you make the country happy by good performance

  10. Umwana wamano

    Since am not a coach and l don’t know anything about football let me short my mouth to comment.

  11. Kolinto

    Those asking about players abroad they will later join the team.players abroad cannot stay away from thier teams for long periods

  12. C2

    Good step forward

  13. Davy best

    Move also in other areas there are best players also

  14. chileshe bwembya

    You need to replicate the u20 2017 results. It will be the samr team same coach. Lets see how you have matured. U23 ultimately should make the senior team.

  15. SINGO's

    All the way boy

  16. Jah

    Pipo this is nt a final squad, what beston is doing just assessing de local players then after dat he will pick some outstanding players n then he will call de professional players to make a final squad.

  17. soccer fan

    If I got it right, this is a provisional squad which will later include professional players.

    • ROKA.

      Tell him, he missed it!He read it in his mother tongue!!

  18. William chanda


  19. Schoolboyandrea

    go Zambia go we luv yuh guyz


    Mmmmmmmmmm i understand now why white people say if you want to hide something for the Africans put it in written. Quick silver has made it clear he said that the professionals will be included in the final list. Ba people

  21. FELIX

    Wher z Edward chilufya y hv u left him

  22. Gideon Banda

    Guys silver said in his statements that he will include the professional player’s to conclude his puzzle so wait and stop commenting such……?

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