POWER Dynamos goalkeeper Joshua Titima says the Chipolopolo Boys are praying for Nyambe Mulenga to recover quickly following the Sunday road accident in which he and two other national team players were critically injured.
Titima, who is among the 24 local players that have reported for camp at Lusaka’s Cool Breeze Lodge ahead of the 2015 AfCON, told Daily Nation Sports that everyone in camp was praying for Nyambe, Green Eagle’s goalkeeper Sachimo Chakawa and Changwe Kalale of Power Dynamos.
Nyambe, Chakawa and Kalale were injured after a Zesco minibus they were in collided with a Toyota Pajero car in Kabwe while travelling to Lusaka to join the AfCON training camp.
“As a team we are praying to God that they may have a quick recovery. Let all the soccer fans and the nation at large commit our friends in prayers so that they can recover quickly,” Titima said.
Meanwhile, coach Honor Janza has replaced the trio with Bronson Chama and Zimbabwe-based Aaron Katebe. Janza said the technical bench has also included the Under-20’s Patrick Ngoma, Peter Daka and goalkeeper Mangani Phiri.
“We are still discussing with the techincal bench over the Under-20 players. They have to been given recovery time from the intensive tournament they had in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Janza said the Under-20 players who have been called to join the seni or Chipolopolo in camp deserve to rest after their involvement in the Africa Council Union Region 5 games in Zimbabwe where they won the COSAFA 2014 Cup.
He said the local players had responded well during the first two days of training despite coming from the league assignments.
“They have been very active and their training ability has been above average. The response to training is very good. Am impressed because even on day one they did extremely well,” he said.
Janza said he could tell from the way the boys were training that they were eager to go and represent Zambia in Equatorial Guinea.
He said the entire team was fit apart from Chisamba Lungu who has a minor injury on his arm.
“Chisamba Lungu’s arm injury is not a concern and cannot affect his performance,” he said.
Janza said Chisamba had been training very well with the rest of the team.