FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya hopes this week’s CHAN/Cosafa trials will yield the next generation to take over from the current Zambia team.
National team head coach Herve Renard today began four-day trials for 162 players at Barclays sports Complex in Lusaka for Zambia’s 2014 CHAN qualifiers and its hosting of the 2013 Cosafa Cup this July.
“It is always important to mention that the core of the team that we have has been together since 2003 and it is nine years along the line and also that you need experience if you look at the boys who have played four Africa Cups you know they were there 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013,” Kalusha said.
Christopher Katongo, Kennedy Mweene, Collins Mbesuma, Jacob Mulenga and Isaac Chansa were all part of Peter Kaumba’s Under-23 team from the class of 2003.
Rainford Kalaba and Davies Nkausu were in all members of George Lwandamina’s Under-20 team from the same period in which Felix Katongo alternated between the two age divisions.
“So definitely you want to be challenged as a player you need to step up and be challenged to stake a claim in the Chipololopolo,” Kalusha said.
“Our team has been there for 10 years maybe this team that we start can also be there 10 years from there.”