TWENTY-SIX local players who were last week summoned to camp by national team coach Honour Janza have reported for training ahead of an international friendly against Ivory Coast to be played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.
The players, who arrived in Lusaka yesterday at the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) House Technical Centre, will be using this Saturday’s international friendly to prepare for the two remaining games in the AfCON qualifier games.
After facing Ivory Coast, the national team has two important assignments against Mozambique and four days later they would be hosting Cape Verde in Ndola to complete its AfCON qualifiers journey.
“The players have started reporting to camp right now although I cannot tell how many are in. I will be able to tell you by 18:30 hours,” Janza said.
Ivory Coast is expected to jet into Zambia before Friday under the tutorship of former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard and his assistant Patrice Beaumelle.
Renard joined Ivory Coast after his contract with FAZ came to end and was later joined by his former assistant Beaumelle in the same position after he decided not to renew his contract with Chipolopolo.
Among those summoned last week include Satchimo Chakawa from the Division One South side Choma Green Eagles, Danny Munyau of Red Arrows and Joshua Titima of Power Dynamos as goalkeepers.
Also called to camp are U-20 internationals Charles Zulu of Zanaco, Spenser Sautu from Green Eagles of Choma, Kapota Kayawe and Boyd Mkandawire both of NAPSA Stars and Larry Bwalya of Nchanga Rangers football club.
In defence, Janza has summoned Nkana’s kingpin Christopher Munthali, versatile Nyambe Mulenga of Zesco United and hardworking Donashano Malama from Nkana, Rodrick Kabwe of Zanaco and Adrian Chama from division one threatened Green Buffaloes.