Chipolopolo beef up


CHIPOLOPOLO skipper Rainford Kalaba and Lubambo Musonda are expected to jet in today as the team intensified training ahead of the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on Sunday in Nairobi.

FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the TP Mazembe trio of Kalaba, Chongo Kabaso and Nathan Sinkala were expected to arrive today ahead of the qualifier match on Sunday.

He said that the team was also expecting Armenian club Gandzasar Kapan left winger Musonda and Russia-based Chisamba Lungu to jet in today.

“The team is expecting the arrival of the TP Mazembe players, Chisamba and Musonda tomorrow (today). We are positive that we will have a full house by Tuesday,” he said.

Tembwe said FAZ was impressed with the preparations of the team and was optimistic that Zambia will emerge victorious in Nairobi.

“We are happy with the players’ level of commitment during the previous training sessions. They are focused and ready for the challenge. The technical bench is doing a good job in drilling the boys for the tough encounter,” he said. Interim coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina had earlier said he will have four training sessions involving both local and professional players for them to blend before leaving for Kenya.

“My strategy  is to have three or four sessions with the professionals and locals to gel before leaving for the tough encounter.

It’s not going to be a walkover match hence we are putting  in everything in place before the match,” he said.

Striker Collins Mbesuma is today expected to join the team in training after his arrival on Saturday.

Mbesuma has promised of giving Kenya a tough time on their backyard. Zambia in Group E is tied on one point with Kenya, Guinea Bissau and Congo.