Zambia national football team coach Honour Janza has dropped veteran striker James Chamanga and three other players from the final team of 23 which will represent Zambia at the 2015 Africa Cup of nations.
The other three players that the Chipolopolo coach has left out for the Equatorial Guinea Africa cup of nations tournament are defenders Aaron Katebe, Bronson Chama and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata.
According to the final list obtained by ZANIS sports from Football House in Lusaka today, Janza has however included under 20 internationals Patrick Ngoma, Spencer Sautu and Lubambo Musonda.
The Chipolopolo trainer said the young players are the future for the team and the experience they gain will pay dividends in the future continental assignments.
And Janza said the selection of the final 23 players was based purely on current performance for each player saying it was a very competitive camp where every player was trying hard to make a grade.
The full squad includes Kennedy Mweene, Joshua Titima, Danny Munyau, Stopila Sunzu, Christopher Muntali, David Nkausu, Rodrick Kabwe, Emmanuel Mbola, Donashano Malama and Nathan Sinkala.
Others are Chisamba Lungu, Kondwani Mtonga, Spencer Sautu, Rainford Kalaba, Bruce Musakanya, Lubambo Musonda, Mukuka Mulenga, Ronald Kampamba, Given Singuluma, Jackson Mwanza, Emmanuel Mayuka, Evans Kangwa and Patrick Ngoma.
The 30th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015.
Zambia opens the Africa cup of nations campaign on January 18 against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before taking on Tunisia and Cape Verde on January 22 and 26 respectively.
Zambia is in Group B alongside Tunisia, Cape Verde and Democratic Republic of Congo and will set their base in Ebibeyin.
Hosts Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Congo are all in Group A and will set their base in Bata.
Ghana, Algeria, South Africa and Senegal are in Group C in Mongomo while Group D which will be based in Malabo has Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea.