ZAMBIA coach Hervé Renard has named a mainly unchanged Chipolopolo side that will face five-time world Champions Brazil team in an international friendly match to be played in China next weekend.
Renard, who was conspicuously missing from the Press conference at which the team was been named has included seven locally based players for the game which will see Zambia leave on October 9 for Zambia’s biggest uncompetitive game ever.
But Renard has surprisingly included Kabwe Warriors defender Chintu Kampamba, Malaysia based Noah Chivuta and William Njobvu, whose performances have of late been below par.
But the French coach has left out Red Arrows fast improving goalkeeper Danny Munyau from the 26-player list and called up Mukuka Mulenga who is nursing an injury and called back lanky forward Roger Kola.
Announcing the team in Lusaka yesterday, FAZ communications officer Erick Mwanza said the local players will link up with the foreign based players from China though Fwayo Tembo, who is in the country, will leave together with the locals.
“It is a very important match and Brazil named a full strength squad so Zambia coach Hervé Renard has left no stone unturned and has named an equally strong team. The game will be on October 15 in the China National Stadium,” he said.
Brazil will play South Korea next weekend before taking on Zambia on October 15 with the South American side naming a strong team for the trip to Asia.
Making a return to the side is striker Jacob Mulenga of Dutch side FC Utrecht as well as South Africa based Collins Mbesuma who both missed the key World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi due to injury.
The match will be played on Tuesday 15th October with the match kicking off at 20:30 hours local time (14:30 hours Zambian time).
The full squad has goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene and Joshua Titima with the defenders: Davies Nkausu, Bronson Chama, Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Chongo Kabaso, Emmanuel Mbola, Chintu Kampamba, Christopher Munthali and Joseph Musonda.
The midfielders are Kondwani Mtonga, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Fwayo Tembo, Bruce Musakanya, Mukuka Mulenga, Chisamba Lungu, Christopher Katongo (captain), Noah Chivuta and William Njobvu.
The strikers are Jacob Mulenga, Emmanuel Mayuka, Roger Kola, James Chamanga and Collins Mbesuma.