ZESCO United have signed on international midfielder Justin Zulu and five other players ahead of the 2014 Confederation Cup and MTN Super Division campaign.
And Zesco striker Lottie Phiri has resigned, citing personal reasons.
Others roped in are striker Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba from Indeni, striker Lazarous Kambole from Konkola Mine Police, midfielder Cletus Chota from Nchanga Rangers, defenders Kellys Sichilya and Bornwell Silingo from Konkola Blades and Rimon Youth Talent Development Academy respectively.
Chota and Silingo were both on loan at Power Dynamos.
Zesco United media and public relations officer Katebe Chengo confirmed the signing of the six players in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday.
“The new players have since joined the team that regrouped and commenced training this morning (yesterday) at Trade Fair Ground,” Chengo said.
Indeni loaned Mwachiaba to Zesco last season and the striker went on to score five goals.
Zulu, who had stints with Israeli side Hapoel Beersheva, Enosis Paralimi of Cyprus and South African side Golden Arrows returned home in October this year and joined Kabwe Warriors.
Zulu was part of the national team that finished third at the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya.
On Phiri, Chengo said the club had accepted his resignation.
“We have accepted his resignation and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” she said.
Phiri has weaved his career for Red Arrows, Power Dynamos and in South Africa.
Meanwhile, HONE SIAME reports that South African side Mamelodi Sundowns have been invited for a mini-tournament next month that has attracted Power Dynamos and Zesco.
Power secretary Aaron Ng’ambi confirmed in Kitwe yesterday that Sundowns will be in the country on January 10 and the tournament will be for eight days.
Ng’ambi said the mini-tournament will be staged at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
He said CAF Champions League envoys Nkana are also being considered.
Ng’ambi said Power will use the tournament to prepare for the 2014 season.
He said the Sundowns tour will strengthen relations between the teams.
Former Power midfielder Mukuka Mulenga and Zambia national soccer team goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene feature for Sundowns.
“We are in constant contact with them (Sundowns). This development will cement our relationship with Sundowns. We have been talking with them since the time we went to finalise on Mukuka Mulenga’s move to that club,” Ng’ambi said.
He said arrangements are being made to have Sundowns accommodated at Moba Hotel in Kitwe.
Nkana secretary Kenny Mwansa said his team is geared for the tournament.
He said his executive committee wants Nkana to prepare adequately for the Champions League.
And Ng’ambi said Power are close to signing striker Evans Kangwa.
Kangwa is currently a free agent after the expiry of his contract with Nkana.
SOURCE: Zambia Daily Mail