By SANDRA MWILA –
COACHES Beston Chambeshi and Numba Mumamba will take charge of the national team ahead of the COSAFA senior Challenge as Wedson Nyirenda heads for the nine month training programme in Spain.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager Desmond Katongo said in a statement that Chambeshi would be assisted by Mumamba and Chintu Kampamba to drill the team during the COSAFA tournament that kicks off on May 27 in South Africa.
Chambeshi had been Nyirenda’s assistant while Mumamba had been brought in from the Under 20 team that beat Malawi 3-1 in a friendly match yesterday ahead of the Niger 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.
“The Chipolopolo technical bench on the COSAFA assignment will have Chambeshi as head coach while Mumamba Numba will deputise him with Kampamba Chintu deployed as physical trainer.
Chipolopolo Coach Wedson Nyirenda is set for a nine month training programme in Spain,” Katongo said.
The team is expected to regroup on Sunday and Chambeshi wasted no time to summon a 30 man team for a three days residential camp.
Chambeshi has handed a call up to Zanaco goal keeper Mangani Banda and midfielder Chrispin Sakulanda, who were part of the victorious U-20 squad that won the AFCON title.
Others that have been given call ups include defender Henry Besa from National Assembly, midfielders Noel Nyirenda and Kelvin Kapumbu from Nkwazi and Lumwana Radiants respectively.
Full team has goalkeepers: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos) and Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi).
Defenders: Billy Mutale (Power), Martin Kaonga (Nakambala Leopards), Thandie Mwape (Kabwe Warriors), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Henry Besa (National Assembly), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos)
Midfielders: Jacob Ngulube (Nkana), Noel Nyirenda (Nkwazi), Kelvin Kapumbu (Lumwana), Clatous Chama, Collins Sikombe (Dynamos), Larry Bwalya, Kampamba, Benson Sakala (Power), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Sakulanda (Red Arrows) and Charles Zulu (Zanaco).
Strikers Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Peter Mwangeni (Assembly), Martin Phiri (Zanaco), Youremember Banda, Diamond Chikwekwe (Buffaloes) and Emmanuel Chabula (Kitwe United).
Meanwhile, the Shepolopolo commenced their month long camp for June’s final Ghana 2018 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe on June 6 with 32 lasses summoned to camp.
Assistant coach Carol Kanyemba would oversee the team preparations at the Olympic Youth Development Centre.
Goalkeepers: Musonda Catherine (Indeni Roses), Bupe Mwanza (Assembly), Maleta Mwanza (Buffaloes), Anna Namonje (Indeni Roses) Hankanka Yolanda (Choma Warriors).
Defenders: Lweendo Chisamu, Anita Mulenga, Martha Tembo (Buffaloes), Rabbeca Nyirenda,
Margret Belemu (Arrows), Vast Phiri, Jane Chalwe (Zesco Girls), Jacqueline Nkole (Indeni Roses), Lushomo Mweemba (Nkwazi) and Kangwa Esnart (Choma Warriors).
Midfielders: Hellen Chanda, Prisca Chilufya, Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Rhoda Chileshe, Misozi Zulu, Sara Moyo (Indeni Roses), Mercy Nthala (National Assembly), Mary Mambwe (Nkwazi), Avel Chitundu (Zesco Girls) and Mary Mwakapila (Buffaloes).
Strikers: Rachel Kundananje, Theresa Chewe (Indeni Roses), Barbara Banda (Green Buffaloes), Etass Banda (Red Arrows) and Faith Muma (Kitwe Girls).