By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE –
FC Sochaux defender Stopilla Sunzu and midfielder Nathan Sinkala were among the four foreign-based players that joined the Chipolopolo camp yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly match against Uganda.
Sunzu, Sinkala together with striker Emmanuel Mayuka arrived around lunch time yesterday at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola and were part of the afternoon training session at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
The arrival of the three players brought the number of the foreign based players in camp to seven following the arrival South Africa’s based-defenders Davies Nkausu and Joseph Musonda.
Defender Hichani Himonde, who has been loaned to Zesco from Mamelodi Sundowns, joined camp on Sunday.
Striker Rogers Kola of Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona also joined the squad that has been training since last week with the likes of Christopher Katongo, Toaster Nsabata, Joshua Titima, Bronson Chama and Rodrick Kabwe.
Meanwhile, midfielder-cum-defender Chisamba Lungu, who plays for the Russian side FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast, was expected to join camp in Ndola last evening after making a connection flight from Lusaka.
TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba and defender Chongo Kabaso, who were out in Cameroon for the CAF Champions League 1-1 draw against Astres FC de Douala, are expected to join the squad today along with Emmanuel Mbola.
Strikers Jacob Mulenga and James Chamanga have been ruled out due to injury.
And Beaumelle said he was hoping to use his best squad for the Uganda game as it was an important encounter.
Beaumelle said the arrival of foreign-based players would give a spectacle for the home fans to turn out in large numbers for the game.
“It is the desire of every coach to use his best players and I think the coming of foreign-based players will provide something for the fans to watch,” he said.
Meanwhile, match tickets go on sale on tomorrow from 08:00hrs to 15:00hrs at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium ticket sales kiosk as well as at Zampost Centres in Kitwe, Luanshya and Ndola.
According to a statement on FAZ website, the tickets for the 16:30 hours kick off had been affordably priced to allow as many fans as possible to fill up the stadium.
Tickets for the VIP wing will be selling for K250 with the lower west wing costing K150 and upper west wing pegged at K100 while the lower and upper eastern wings will go for K30.
Fans wishing to sit on the south upper and lower wings and north upper and lower wings will be required to pay K20.