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Micho to Trim Squad to Half by Sunday

Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he expects to trim the number of local players currently in camp to 24 by Sunday.

And Micho has paid tribute to the local coaches for helping keep the players in shape during the covid-19 laden period.

Speaking after taking the 40 local players through the paces at Nkoloma Stadium, Micho said that some of the foreign players may be given a run against the Flames on October 7 in Lusaka.

“From the 40 players, we are looking by Sunday to reduce to 20-24 players. They will be in contention plus the 13 players that we have invited, seven from Europe and six of them from the African continent,” Micho said.

“We shall make a competitive squad where the first match against Malawi we are looking to give chance mostly to the local players and some of the players playing outside that we have not seen enough.”

The man affectionately dubbed the Serbian Wolf said the three friendly matches lined up during the FIFA window will be used to refine the Chipolopolo.

“We are going with the combined squad to Kenya. In the first two matches against Kenya and against Malawi we want to see what the best amongst the local players so that we have the general check up against Bafana Bafana we see where we are, how we are and which direction to go,” he said.

Micho said his technical bench was looking at adding a bonus friendly against any of the top three South African Premier Soccer League clubs.

“In the squad that will go to Kenya and to South Africa whoever will not be able to play against Bafana, we are looking for one high profile friendly match with one of the top clubs in South Africa Kaizer Chief, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns so that everyone gets the mileage in their legs,” he said.

Micho has thanked the local coaches for their duty in keeping the players in shape whilst off national duty.

“I want to give credit to my colleagues the Zambian coaches that have put the players in the correct fitness shape until now,” he said.

Zambia is building up for the back-to-back Cameroon 2021 (to be played in 2022) Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifiers against Botswana.

 

FULL SQUAD

 

(GOALKEEPERS)

Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Sebastian Mwange (Green Eagles), Richard Nyirenda (Nchanga Rangers)

 

(DEFENDERS)

Gift Zulu (Nkana), Kondwani Chiboni, Benson Sakala, Zachariah Chilongoshi  (all Power Dynamos), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Pride Mwansa (Nkwazi), Kebson Kamanga (Zanaco), Luka Banda, Luka Ng’uni  (both Napsa Stars), Isaac Shamujompa, Solomon Sakala  (Zesco United), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors)

 

(MIDFIELDERS)

Leonard Mulenga, Robin Siame (both Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Kapumbu, Boyd Musonda (both Zanaco), Gozon Mutale (Green Eagles), Thomas Zulu (Nkwazi), Laurent Muma (Forest Rangers), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Godfrey Ngwenya, George Chisala (both Power Dynamos), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars), Chaniza Zulu (Lumwana Radiants), Clement Mundia (Kabwe Warriors), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Patrick Gondwe (Nkana), Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga (Zesco United), Webster Muzaza (Forest Rangers)

 

(STRIKERS)

Emmanuel Chabula (Nkwazi), Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba, Jimmy Ndhlovu  (Kabwe Warriors), Joseph Phiri (Red Arrows), Ricky Banda (Indeni), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes)

 

(Credit: FAZ Media)

14 Comments

  1. Cliffzee Mwiinde

    Waiting to see your formation Mr Micho

  2. Ackronight

    Good timing Serbian wolf

  3. Robert Simwinga

    Its good selection of different teams
    Mr Micho

  4. muntu wandi

    Good selected team

  5. Lottie Kamwi Simataa

    Its good for the coach he’s having players on paper, lets support him. i hope the final list will make the nation happy with a victory against Kenya and South Africa in an internationl friendly, behind you guys

  6. Michael Mwila

    Good luck with your work 🇿🇲

  7. Benaiah

    Wanderful squad 🙋, we shall wait to watch this wonderful games

  8. Giv

    Thanks

  9. King pethias aka sugar boy forever

    Thanks for that Good information we are going to wait for rit

  10. Acbupe

    Waiting to see your performance Micho

  11. Rejoice l shepherd

    Good goalkeeper Jackson kakunta one of the best goalkeeper, no one was seeing he am happy , the coache with a veson# u are……

  12. Situmbeko Lawrence

    What I can say is that let us support our coach because he has been given a good chance i pray to God that let us surport our team with my full hope we will make it because the team we have in our Group are not hard because in Zambia there is
    real football .nice selection and don’t put out Enock mwepu ,sunzu ,papa Daka plz these are my best players and are the best players for the nation

  13. makopalata

    Where z daka enock and fashion in the squad

  14. Kelvintious mabanga

    What z the kick off of ths mutch

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