Coach Osward Mutapa said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that calling of Lubambo has been necessitated following injuries of Charles Zulu of Zanaco and Austin Muwowo of Konkola Mine Police.
Mutapa said the two were injured during the weekend friendly matches against the Zambia Under-17 and Mining Rangers on Sunday.
He said the duo had to be dropped because they would not recover on time before the COSAFA tournament kicks off and that was why Lubambo was drafted in to reinforce the squad.
“We had two knocks on Muwowo and Zulu and they seem to be more serious than initially thought, so I have called in more personnel to fill the void left by the two,” he said.
When asked as to why he had just called one player to replace the two, Mutapa, who won the 2009 COSAFA Youth Championships edition, said that the two injured players play in the same position where Lubambo was a perfect fit.
Mutapa said the team comprising of a 25-man squad would be reduced to 20 players this week and expressed happiness with the response of the players in training as they prepare to defend the title won during the 2011 edition.
In the game against an equally youthful and exhilarating Division-One north Mining Rangers, Mutapa’s side rallied to win the game 3-2 with goals from defender Simon Tembo and a brace from Geoffrey Ngwenya.
And after subjecting his charges to two strenuous matches in two days, Mutapa decided to give the team a complete day of rest yesterday to recover from a tough but fruitful weekend.
The players in camp are goalkeepers: Mangani Banda, Geoffrey Silavwa and Lawrence Mulenga, while the defenders are Timothy Sakala, Boyd Mkandawire, Alex Mwamba (Chambishi), Kapota Kayawe, Simon Tembo, and Mofya Lwandamina.
The Midfielders are Solomon Sakala, Peter Mwanalushi, Spencer Sauti, Raphael Sakala, Langson Mbewe, Ackim Mumba Kingsley Mukuka, Musonda Lubambo, Geoffrey Ngwenya and Chibuye Mulilo, while the strikers are Ronald Chibwe, Alfred Mafuleka, Patson Daka, Jonathan Manongo, Benedict Chepeshi and George Mandu.
Times of Zambia