By GRACE CHAILE –
ZAMBIA Under-20 soccer team assistant Coach Bilton Musonda has expressed sadness at the decision by some clubs to hold on to players who were summoned for camp to prepare for the 2015 Africa Youth Championships.
Only 33 players out of the 44 summoned by head coach George Lwandamina turned up at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Musonda said in an interview yesterday that it was unfortunate that some clubs decided not to release the players for a four-day training camp.
“It is sad that the clubs are still holding on to the players despite writing to them. We are trying to develop a team that should see Zambia qualify for the Africa Youth Championships,” Musonda said.
Meanwhile, Musonda expressed happiness with the levels of commitment by the players that reported for camp.
“I will not mention names but some players are doing well. I believe with the beginning of the FAZ/MTN League this weekend, more players will regain fitness,” he said.
Musonda said the team will regroup on March 24 to continue with preparations for the qualifiers.
Zambia is on bye from the first round and will play the winner between Namibia and Mozambique in May in the second round.