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Chipolopolo during training in South Africa.
Chipolopolo during training in South Africa.
Chipolopolo during training in South Africa.

AFRICAN Champions Zambia have intensified training ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals that gets underway at the weekend with the Chipolopolo not letting a heavy downpour interfere with their preparations in South Africa.

While hosts South Africa get the 29th edition of the Africa Cup underway on the 19th against debutants Cape Verde, the reigning kings of African football commence their campaign to retain the title they won last February in Gabon against Ethiopia on the January 21.

Zambia, who also play Nigeria and Burkina Faso in other Group C matches which would all be played at the Mbombela Stadium, yesterday trained under a heavy downpour as the coach prepared the team to play under challenging conditions should it rain during the tournament.

Renard said the team will over the next six days focus on the final touches and tactical approach to the games.

The 2012 African coach of the year says his team would be ready for the 21st of January and would be looking forward to a great tournament.

“We will be ready; what we want now is for the fans to come and support us. We are here to defend our trophy with the same determination and motivation we had last year,” Renard told fazfootball.com in South Africa.

Times of Zambia

BACK FOR FAREWELL MATCH...ZAMBIA soccer players going through immigration procedures at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday after arriving from their training base in South Africa. Zambia will play Norway today in an international friendly match. Picture by CHATULA KAMPO
BACK FOR FAREWELL MATCH...ZAMBIA soccer players going through immigration procedures at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday after arriving from their training base in South Africa. Zambia will play Norway today in an international friendly match. Picture by CHATULA KAMPO
BACK FOR FAREWELL MATCH…ZAMBIA soccer players going through immigration procedures at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday after arriving from their training base in South Africa. Zambia will play Norway today in an international friendly match. Picture by CHATULA KAMPO

WITH an eye on defending the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title, champions Zambia will today hope to sign off on high for the continental showpiece when the Chipolopolo face Norway in a historic international friendly match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

This will be Zambia’s final preparatory match after the January 15 practice game against Namibia was cancelled.

Having lost the first practice match 0-2 to Angola before drawing 0-0 with Morocco on Tuesday, the Chipolopolo are targeting to give the local fans a memorable farewell match before kicking off the AFCON campaign on January 21 against 1962 winners, Ethiopia.

The Chipolopolo will be playing the Scandanavians for the first time and it will also be a historic moment for Zambia to host a European team on home soil.

Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya said it was the Chipolopolo’s desire to finish the preparations on high before embarking on the AFCON finals campaign.

“We want to finish our preparations on high and we are looking forward to a good match,” Kalusha said after welcoming the Norwegian delegation at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday.

Kalusha, who is Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president, described today’s encounter which would kick off at 14:00 hours as a celebrated match – the first against European opposition on home soil.

He said the match would be important to Herve Renard’s men before they head to their AFCON battlefront in Nelspruit, South Africa.

Striker Collins Mbesuma said: “It’s not going to be easy although South Africa were on top. They played well and we will not take it like a friendly but we going to take it like a final.”

Norway coach, Egil Olsen said the result from the match would not be important but that his interest would be performance of his youthful players.

“The most important thing for us is to try out new players who have never played for the national team. The performance is most important than the result,” Olsen said.

Norway striker Tarik Elyounnoussi said he expected a tough match against the African champions and believed Zambia would use an experienced team for this much-anticipated international friendly match.

“Zambia are the champions of Africa so it will be a big challenge for us. We will play under hot weather and before a crowd of 40,000 spectators. That will be new for us because it is not always that we play under such conditions and before such big crowds,” Elyounnoussi, who will captain the team and scored in Norway’s 1-0 win over South Africa on Tuesday, told faz.football.com.

He added that :”Against South Africa our best players started on the substitutes bench. I think they will start against Zambia. You should watch out for Mohammed Fellah.”

The reigning African champions Zambia arrived in Ndola for today’s International friendly match against Norway around 17:40 hours from their camping base in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A dozen of fans were on hand to welcome the squad and took time to get pictures and autographs from the Chipolopolo stars.

However, Renard refused to talk to the Press when the team arrived but in an interview with fazfootball.com said his focus was to have a great tournament when the 29th edition of Africa’s biggest soccer fiesta gets underway in Johannesburg next week.

With Chipolopolo team doctor, Joseph Kabungo declaring a clean health bill for the squad, Renard is expected to use the majority of the players, who struck gold at the 2012 AFCON finals.

Skipper Christopher Katongo is expected to lead the search for the morale-boosting victory against Norway alongside Holland-based star striker, Jacob Mulenga and Orlando Pirates’ hotshot, Mbesuma.

AFCON golden boot winner, Emmanuel Mayuka is another attraction at this high-profile friendly match which will also see the return of playmaker, Rainford Kalaba since he last featured in Ndola in September last year against Uganda.

Isaac Chansa with his partner, Nathan Sinkala are also expected to start in the midfield in front of the backline marshalled by Stoppila Sunzu and Hichani Himoonde.

Olsen, who is carrying a local-based squad, is expected to field the likes of goalkeeper, Rune Jarstein, Fredrik Berge, Kim Madsen, Lars Vilsvik and Ardian Gashi among several others.

Probable starting line-up: Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Joseph Musonda, Hichani Himoonde, Stoppila Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Isaac Chansa, Rainford Kalaba, Christopher Katongo, Jacob Mulenga, Chisamba Lungu.

Times of Zambia

dakarZAMBIA’S top rider David  Reeve moved up to sixth in the rookie standings and 40th overall after the fifth stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Peru on Wednesday.

Despite a fall on a hill during the 136-kilometre race where Frenchman Olivier Pain became the first rider to hold on to the overall lead, Reeve was not undaunted and kept his composure to finish 40th from 44th after Stage Four.

The Mazabuka farmer, the first Zambian to enter the Dakar Rally and claim 16 local off-road titles, stood at 13:37.24 hours, 01:14.34 hours behind the rookies leader, Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa.

Overall Niekerk was 19th in the motor bike competition where the French duo of Pain and David Casteu are dominant.

In the first stage, Reeve was 172 but improved to 69th in the second and later in Stage Three shot to 53rd.

The Dakar Rally will see the riders and drivers race in Peru, Argentina and Chile in one of the tough off-road competitions in the world.

The long sixth stage yesterday was the first in Chile, with riders heading into the Atacama Desert.

And the AFP reports that two people were killed and seven others were injured in a head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a taxi near Peru’s border with Chile, race organisers said yesterday.

The collision came after the fifth stage of the race from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. The 8 400kilometre event is being staged in South America with 459 vehicles.

Times of Zambia

saTHE Atlas Lions Morocco yesterday held African Champions Zambia to a barren draw in a preparatory match played in South Africa as Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard dropped three players to make the final 23-man AFCON squad.

The Frenchman  dropped clubless and charismatic defender Chintu Kampamba and new call-ups Shadreck Malambo and Salulani Phiri from the provisional team prior to yesterday’s match against the Atlas Lions that saw Chipolopolo firing blanks and ending in a draw.

The three were dropped from the Chipolopolo squad currently shaping up in South Africa as Herve Renard submits his final 23-member squad to CAF ahead of today’s deadline.

Kampamba together with new call-ups Shadreck Malambo and Saulani Phiri were dropped prior to yesterday’s barren draw against the Atlas Lions of Morocco, a match that saw the Chipolopolo firing blanks in the three practice matches.

According to sources with the team in South Africa, Phiri of Zanaco and Malambo of Red Arrows were left out of the final squad together with Kampamba as Renard submits his final 23 players, whose names would be submitted to CAF today as per AFCON rules.

On the field of play, Renard started with his strongest 11 with

Kennedy Mweene. Hichani Himoonde and Stoppila Sunzu partnered in central defence while Davies Nkausu and Emmanuel Mbola started as right and left-backs respectively.

Rainford Kalaba started in midfield alongside Nathan Sinkala, Isaac Chansa and Chisamba Lungu with Jacob Mulenga making a strike force upfront with captain Christopher Katongo as Renard went in search of the elusive goals.

But the Chipolopolo, smarting fresh from 2-0 defeat to Angola, could not find the back of the net despite creating several scoring

opportunities with Mukuka Mulenga, who came in for Rainford Kalaba, missing a golden chance to win the match in the final minutes of the match played at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

After watching his side fail to score, Renard introduced Collins Mbesuma for Jacob with Emmanuel Mayuka coming in for Lungu while Joseph Musonda replaced Mbola as Mukuka Mulenga was brought in for Kalaba.

William Njobvu and Felix Katongo were equally given a run out

replacing Christopher and Chansa.

The team is expected in Ndola on Friday ahead of an international

friendly match against Norway set for January 12 and will wind up preparations with a tie against Namibia on January 15 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Zambia leads Group C that has Ethiopia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Chipolopolo starting Line Up: Mweene, Nkausu, Mbola, Himoonde, Sunzu, Lungu, Sinkala, Kalaba, Chansa, Mulenga and Christopher.

The squad: Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Free States Stars, South Africa), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Kalililo Kakonje (Napsa Stars).

Defenders: Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Francis Kasonde (All TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto, Portugal).

Midfielders: Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (Both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Isaac Chansa (Henan Jianye, China), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast, Russia) , Felix Katongo(Premiero de Agosto, Angola), Noah Chivuta (Free States Stars, South Africa) , William Njobvu (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel).

Strikers: Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England) Collins Mbesuma (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (Utrecht, Netherlands),James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Jonas Sakuwaha (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jianye, China).

Times of Zambia

 

lionsCHIPOLOPOLO coach Herve Renard will today have the leverage of fielding his strongest-possible squad against Morocco in the second practice match following the arrival of England-domiciled striker, Emmanuel Mayuka at the African champions’ training base yesterday.

The arrival of Mayuka completes Renard’s jigsaw puzzle for his 26-man squad for the final phase of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) preparations in Johannesburg, South Africa.

FC Utrecht talisman, Jacob Mulenga from Holland linked up with the squad at the weekend.

Team manager, Lusekelo Kamwambi confirmed Mayuka’s arrival in Johannesburg yesterday and said the Southampton striker joined his colleagues in the morning training session at the Chipolopolo’s camp site in Milpark.

“Yes, Mayuka arrived this morning and he took part in the team’s morning training session,” Kamwambi said.

Mayuka, however, has little time to settle down and will today be part of the Chipolopolo squad that will take on fellow AFCON finalists, Morocco’s Atlas Lions at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.

Zambia, who at the weekend lost to Angola in the first of the four final warm-up games before the AFCON, desperately need a win to lift the team spirits before kicking off the title defence on January 21 against Ethiopia.

Since the start of the AFCON preparations, the Chipolopolo have lost three training matches (against Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Angola) on the trot, sending the Zambian fans into panic mode.

But Chipolopolo assistant coach, Patrice Beamulle allayed the fears, assuring the nation that the African Champions would hit top form in time for the opening AFCON Group C match against Ethiopia on January 21.

“The most important thing is to be ready on the d-day,” Beaumelle told MTNFootball.com following great concern from Zambians following the team’s losses in the build-up to the AFCON finals.

After beating 2013 AFCON hosts, South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on November 14, Zambia went on to lose to Saudi Arabia 1-2, Tanzania 0-1 and at the weekend to fellow AFCON finalists, Angola 0-2.

This afternoon, however, the Chipolopolo has a chance to change the perception of the fans by putting up an inspiring showing against Rachid Taoussi’s Atlas Lions.

Renard will have all his top strikers, Collins Mbesuma, Mayuka, Mulenga and skipper Christopher Katongo available for the Morocco test match which both teams are using to gauge their players’ preparedness for the AFCON.

Renard is expected to give playmaker, Rainford Kalaba, who featured for the first time for the Chipolopolo at the weekend since October last year after suffering an injury, another chance to play to help him regain his match-fitness.

The AFCON-winning coach may also give clear indications of his possible first 11 for the continental showpiece which opens on January 19.

Taoussi, who surprisingly left-out captain, Houssine Kharja, Marouane Chamakh and Adel Taarabt from his 24-man AFCON provisional squad, will bank on the likes of Younes Belhanda, Karim El Ahmadi, Mounir El Hamdaoui and Abdelhamid El Kaoutari.

Taoussi hopes the Zambia match will provide his young side with a cohesiveness ahead of the AFCON.

“A national team is made up of players who don’t get together often and I want to find cohesiveness in the team, it’s very important,” he told AFP in Rabat ahead of their departure to South Africa.

After the Morocco match, the Chipolopolo will trek back home for this weekend’s international friendly against Norway at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola before wrapping up with Namibia at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on January 15.

While Renard will have to drop three players for his final 23-man AFCON team, Taoussi will just send back home one player.

Zambia is in Group C alongside Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia while Morocco will battle with hosts, South Africa, Angola and debutants, Cape Verde in Group A.

The squad has:

Goalkeepers

: Kennedy Mweene (Free States Stars, South Africa), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows).

Defenders: Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Francis Kasonde (All TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Chintu Kampamba (unattached), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto, Portugal).

Midfielders

: Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (Both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Isaac Chansa (Henan Jianye, China), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast, Russia) , Felix Katongo (Premiero de Agosto, Angola), Noah Chivuta (Free States Stars, South Africa), William Njobvu (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows).

Strikers

: Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England) Collins Mbesuma (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (Utrecht, Netherlands), James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Jonas Sakuwaha (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jianye, China).

Times of Zambia

 

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afcCHIPOLOPOLO second-choice goalkeeper, Kalililo Kakonje has been dropped from the Zambia soccer squad currently preparing for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.

Delegation leader, Pivoty Simwanza, who confirmed the development from Johannesburg yesterday, said Kakonje had since been replaced by Red Arrows goalkeeper, Danny Munyau.

Simwanza said there was nothing sinister about the move but that it was just part of fine-tuning for the African champion s by coach Herve Renard before naming his final 23-man squad for the AFCON.

He said Munyau had since joined the squad at their Milpark training camp and took part in yesterday’s rigorous training sessions, while Kakonje left for Lusaka.

The 27-year-old Napsa Stars goalkeeper, who has featured at four AFCON finals, played in Zambia’s 0-2 loss to Angola in a practice match at the weekend at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Kakonje, who was part of the Chipolopolo’s 2012 AFCON-winning squad, is now assured of missing the 29th edition of Africa’s premier soccer showpiece that kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.

Munyau, who was dropped after featuring for 90 minutes in Zambia’s friendly against Tanzania, and Power Dynamos’ Joshua Titita will deputise Chipolopolo’s number one goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene at the AFCON finals.

Simwanza also described the team spirit in camp as fantastic and that the players were focused on the tournament.

He appealed to fans to rally behind the team and not to get carried away by the results from practice match, saying the Chipolopolo would show its real character at the AFCON.

“The fans should not worry about the Angola result. As you’re aware, we are the defending champions and most AFCON teams are already here and we wouldn’t like to expose our tactics early to our opponents in the tournament. Zambians should just pray for the team because the players are really putting their best in training and focused on retaining the trophy,” he said.

Times of Zambia

 

•Vice-President Guy Scott shares a meal with athletes at Government House in Lusaka yesterday. Picture by STEPHEN KAPAMBWE
•Vice-President Guy Scott shares a meal with athletes at Government House in Lusaka yesterday. Picture by STEPHEN KAPAMBWE
•Vice-President Guy Scott shares a meal with athletes at Government House in Lusaka yesterday. Picture by STEPHEN KAPAMBWE

REPUBLICAN Vice-President Guy Scott and his wife Charlotte yesterday feted athletes from Bauleni who won medals during the 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games held in Lusaka.

The Vice-President said yesterday that his gesture was simply meant to appreciate the good efforts the boys and girls made in bringing glory to the country during the zonal games held from December 4 to 17.

The five athletes that attended the luncheon came from Bauleni that falls under Lusaka Central Constituency, where the Vice-President is Member of Parliament.

“This simple gesture is to thank you guys for winning medals during the Zone Six Games. It’s quite a feat and I would like to urge you to continue working hard in your young careers.

“To the girls, well done and you boys who lost to South Africa in the final, don’t do that again, you will not have a meal with us next time,” he said.

The athletes included Paul Phiri and Juma Mutale, from the boy’s football team, and women under-20 soccer team players Helen Mubanga, Susan Nalwamba and Mary Mwakapila, who were also given sports kit parcels of Adidas snickers and track suits.

The girls won gold after beating Zimbabwe 2-0 while the boys got silver after losing 2-1 in the final to South Africa.

The Vice-President said Bauleni rarely produced national stars and that it was an honour to have some from the SCSA Youth Games.

“We have James Chamanga and Kennedy Mweene already, so there must be something in the waters there that makes them good,” he said.

source: Times of Zambia

 

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South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela’s rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want “white skin”.

Local musician Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi, now several shades lighter, says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.

She has been widely criticized in the local media and social networking sites for her appearance but the 30-year-old says skin-bleaching is a personal choice, no different from breast implants or a having nose job.

“I’ve been black and dark-skinned for many years, I wanted to see the other side. I wanted to see what it would be like to be white and I’m happy,” she says candidly.

Over the past couple of years Ms Mnisi has had several treatments. Each session can cost around 5,000 rand (£360; $590), she tells the BBC.

Unlike many in the country, she uses high-end products which are believed to be safer than the creams sold on the black market but they are by no means risk-free, doctors say.

Costly beauty

Ms Mnisi says she does not understand the criticism about her new appearance.

“Yes, part of it is a self-esteem issue and I have addressed that and I am happy now. I’m not white inside, I’m not really fluent in English, I have black kids. I’m a township girl, I’ve just changed the way I look on the outside,” she says.

The dangers associated with the use of some of these creams include blood cancers such as leukaemia and cancers of the liver and kidneys, as well as a severe skin condition called ochronosis, a form of hyper-pigmentation which causes the skin to turn a dark purple shade, according to senior researcher at the University of Cape Town, Dr Lester Davids.

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THE childhood rivalry between two Copperbelt bred squash stars, Kelvin Ndhlovu and Mwansa Chileshe is set to be reignited today as they fight for accolades in the season-closing Zambia Squash Association (ZSA) Top-Eight Championship this weekend.

Groomed from two rival clubs, Chibuluma and Nkana, the two players were each other’s worst rivals for all Zambian junior titles and in this two-day national seniors’ championship, the rivalry, which has also taken them to South Africa, comes back for the local fans at the Lusaka Squash Club.

They are now both based in South Africa now.

Ndhlovu, however, edged out Chileshe for a place in the senior national team which went to Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Both in the country on holiday, the Top-Eight Championship comes as a great opportunity for the ZSA to see the foreign-based players compete against the locals as Zambia prepares for the All-Africa Senior Challenge to be held in Namibia from February 12 to 23.

Other players in the competition joining Ndhlovu and Chileshe, are Manda Chilambwe, Enos Mwale, Frank Wabo, Kafwimbi Nkole, Ngosa Musonda and Alfred Muma.

With sponsors coming back on board to aid the sport back on its feet, ZSA president Norena Chitembe is excited to have some of Zambia’s top-notch players taking part in this prestigious tournament.

This Top-8 Championship will feature the best eight players who qualified after last weekend’s knock out stage.

Source: Times of Zambia

 

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 file photo Zambia's players and team staff celebrate with the African Cup of Nations trophy after beating Ivory Coast in the final soccer match at Stade de l'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon. South Africa's second big football party in less than three years will likely be all about whether Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast can finally be the ones celebrating at the end. Ghana is the Ivorians' closest challenger, Zambia is determined to put up a strong defense of its title and South Africa hopes to be carried to the final stages on a wave of home support. But Ivory Coast, the top-ranked team in Africa and blessed with the continent's richest talent, again enters as overwhelming favorite to lift a first title over 20 years and give Drogba a long-awaited trophy with his national team.

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FC UTRECHT on-fire striker, Jacob Mulenga is among the players Chipolopolo, coach Herve Renard has named in the provisional 26-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals slated for South Africa.

Napsa Stars, goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje, who has seen less club action, is a shocking inclusion into the team that gets into the final pre-AFCON preparations on December 26.

According to the team list released yesterday, there are no major surprises from the team that Renard took to the 2012 AFCON finals, apart from the inclusion of Zambian Player-of-the-Year Mukuka Mulenga and Saulani Phiri.

Midfielder Clifford Mulenga, who was sent packing due to indiscipline at the AFCON, and defender, Nyambe Mulenga are the only two players missing from the squad that won the AFCON championship which was co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Mukuka Mulenga has had a wonderful 2012 soccer season campaign with Power Dynamos as same as Phiri, who won the Zambian league title with Zanaco.

The duo joined by goalkeeper Joshua Titima are the three local-based players heading to South Africa on Wednesday as the Chipolopolo preparations hit top gear.

Jacob , who has so far scored seven goals for his FC Utrecht side in the Dutch Eredivisie, makes a return having missed the last edition through injury.

He starred for the Chipolopolo at 2010 AFCON finals held in Angola where Zambia reached the quarter-finals.

But the former Afrisports player sustained an injury that kept him on the sidelines for eight months and only made his return to the squad in the Mandela Challenge against Bafana Bafana last month, playing an impressive 45 minutes.

Coming along with him is another striker that has hit top form in Collins Mbesuma, who despite being a member of the last AFCON winning team, had no influential role in the team.

This time, Mbesuma will be going to the continental championship in a more influential role and could actually command a starting place after rediscovering his form in the last five months.

But Kakonje’s call-up comes as a surprise after being relegated down the pecking order for both his club Napsa Stars and the national team where he was overtaken by both Joshua Titima and Danny Munyau, who has since been dropped despite playing 90 minutes against Tanzania.

In sticking with his promise of maintaining 80 per cent of the players that won him the AFCON title, Renard has retained faith in the three goalkeepers from the last competition.

Also going to South Africa after missing the last edition due to injury and a Confederation of African football (CAF) ban is Israel based midfielder William Njobvu and FC Porto’s Emmanuel Mbola respectively.

There is no room for TP Mazembe striker Given Singuluma, who snubbed Renard’s call-up when the team regrouped for the Tanzania friendly match last week.

Renard will before January 9 trim his squad to 23 in readiness for the opening Group C match against Ethiopia on January 21.

Zambia’s next assignment will be a crunch tie against two-time winners, Nigeria before wrapping up the group duties with a game against Burkina Faso.

The full list of players heading into the final AFCON preparations in South Africa has: Goalkeepers

– Kennedy Mweene (Free States Stars, South Africa), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos) and Kalililo Kakonje (Napsa Stars).

Defenders:

Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Francis Kasonde (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Davies Nkausu (Supersport United), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows),Chintu Kampamba (unattached), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto).

Midfielders:

Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Christopher Katongo, Isaac Chansa (Henan Jianje), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast) , Felix Katongo(Petro Athletico, Angola), Noah Chivuta (Free States Stars, South Africa) and William, Njobvu (Hapoel Beer Sheba, Israel).

Strikers:

Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England) Collins Mbesuma (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (Utrecht, Netherlands), James Chamanga (Liaojing Whowin, China), Jonas Sakuwaha (TP Mazembe, DR Congo) and Evans Kangwa (Nkana).

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