Chipolopolo preps intensify

The Chipolopolo boys have stepped up preparations for this Friday’s 2014 Brazil Group D clash against Ghana in Kumasi with all but two players joining camp in Johannesburg.
Herve Renard has the entire South Africa-based bunch, Congo DR and the Far East legion coming to the party.
The stakes are high with the Black Stars leading Group D on 12 points with Zambia trailing them on 11 points.
Zambia needs to win to make it to the final qualifying round while Ghana only needs to avoid defeat to make it.
Collins Mbesuma, who is fresh from burying his father had sought permission from the coaching staff but will be back to fight for his place as Zambia attempts to fight for a first-ever World Cup qualification.
On Sunday, Herve Renard welcomed South Africa-based Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Romania-based Fwayo Tembo and Emmanuel Mbola who has since trekked to Israel.
Team logistics manager Stanely Kaseko said by Monday evening only new Sochaux signee Emmanuel Mayuka and FC Utrecht’s Jacob Mulenga were yet to join camp.
“By this evening (Monday), only Mayuka and Jacob will be absent and Mbesuma has been excused,” Kaseko said.
Zambia faces Ghana this Friday in Kumasi in a must win encounter.
Kwesi Appiah’s stars lead the group on 12 points, one better than Zambia with the Chipolopolo needing an outright win to qualify to the final round.
Zambia has set up camp in Johannesburg at Garden Court Milpark Hotel ahead of the clash and are training from the University of Johannesburg grounds.