THE junior Chipolopolo Boys have started preparations for the Senegal 2015 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations scheduled for November 28 to December 12
To that effect coach Fighton Simukonda has called 25 players to a training camp next week.
Zambia was on Monday drawn in group A with hosts Senegal, Tunisia and regional rivals South Africa.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the 25 players were scheduled to report to camp on Sunday and train for four days.
Tembwe said FAZ’s target was to see Zambia qualify to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil after 27 years of drought and would therefore ensure that the team was adequately prepared.
“The coach has called 25 players to camp to begin early preparations. The under-23 African Championship is an important tournament as it is acting as a qualifier to the Olympics,
“Zambia has never been to the Olympics since 1988 but that dream must come alive and that is through early preparations,” he said.
He said the team will have three of such kind of camps and also expected to play friendlies with West and North African teams.
“We are trying to organise friendly games with West and North African teams. It is a tricky group and the boys need to be familiar to the tactical approach of the teams in the two regions,” he said.
Among the notable players called are senior national team defenders Boyd Mkandawire and Benedict Chepeshi.
Zambia is scheduled to begin her campaign at the African Championship on November 28 against Tunisia.
The provisional team has goalkeepers: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warrior),
Defenders: Kapota Kayawe (Nkana), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors), Benard Mapili (Zesco United), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Mweene Mumbi (Green Buffaloes)
Midfielders: Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Paul Katema (Red Arrows) Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), John Chingandu (Zesco United), Julius Situmbeko (Power Dynamos), Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Jacob Ngulube (Mufulira Wanderers), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors)
Strikers: Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Noble Ramsey (Power Dynamos) and Patson Daka (Power Dynamos).