ZAMBIA: Enock Mwepu, Sakala, Daka headline as Asanovic names final squad for AFCON Qualifiers

Skipper Enock Mwepu, Leicester City forward Patson Daka and Scotland based Fashion Sakala headline the squad that's a blended with both local and foreign players.

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Zambia coach Aljosa Asanovic. PHOTO/ FAZ.

Zambia National football team coach Aljosa Asanovic has named his final 25-member squad for the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations clashes against Ivory Coast and Comoros Islands.

Skipper Enock Mwepu, Leicester City forward Patson Daka and Scotland based Fashion Sakala headline the squad that’s a blended with both local and foreign players. The coach has also summoned newbie Frankie Musonda.

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Others are in-form Denmark based striker Edward Chilufya and South Africa based goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata, who is in the running for the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season Award.

Israel based Lameck Banda has already joined camp after the conclusion of the league in Israel.
Asanovic will however have to wait on the fate of Inter-Miami CF defender Aime Mabika whose naturalization process is still pending.

Mabika was born at Chawama Clinic in Lusaka on August 16, 1998, of Congolese parents.

According to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the squad is slated for a weeklong camp in Ghana before trekking into Yamoussoukro on June 1.

Zambia will be away to Ivory Coast on June 3 before hosting Comoros four days later in a Group H fixture at National Heroes Stadium.

The Chipolopolo are in Group H alongside Ivory Coast, Comoros and Lesotho.

Some of the players in training before coach Asanovic announced his final squad. Credit: FAZ.

FINAL SQUAD:

GOALKEEPERS

Toaster Nsabata (Sekhukhune-RSA), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows), Cyril Chibwe (Unattached)

DEFENDERS

Frankie Musonda (Raith Rovers-Scotland), Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe-DRC), Miguel Chaiwa (Athletico), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United)

MIDFIELDERS

Roderick Kabwe (Sekhukhune-RSA), Enock Mwepu (Brighton-England), Emmanuel Banda (Djurgardens-Sweden), Kings Kangwa (Arsenal Tula-Russia), Rally Bwalya (Simba SC-Tanzania), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Lubambo Musonda (AC Horsens-Denmark), Kelvin Kampamba, Spencer Sautu, (both Zesco United), Lameck Banda (Maccabi Petah Tikva-Israel), Edward Chilufya (Midtjylland-Denmark)

STRIKERS
Fashion Sakala (Rangers-Scotland), Evans Kangwa (Arsenal Tula-Russia), Ricky Banda (Red Arrows), Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United-RSA Patson Daka (Leicester City-England)

Credit: FAZ

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