Lwandamina recalls Katongo

CHIPOLOPOLO national team coach George Lwandamina has recalled the 2012 Africa Cup winning skipper Christopher Katongo to join the CHAN squad that regrouped in Lusaka yesterday.

Lwandamina has drafted Katongo together with midfielder Isaac Chansa into the CHAN squad.

The 32-year-old was dropped by coach Honour Janza in 2014, leaving the Zambia national football team after ten years of unbroken service.

Katongo had been an integral part of the Zambia setup since 2004.

In October 2014, Katongo departed the team camp in Ndola just 48 hours before Zambia could play Niger in the two sides final leg of their 2015 Africa Cup Group F qualifier doubleheader.

Yesterday, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communication Nkweto Tembwe told Daily Nation Sports in statement yesterday that both Isaac and Christopher had already been spoken to and agreed to be part of the squad.

Tembwe said the duo were humbled by the call-up and expressed confidence in their abilities.

He said the two Chipolopolo veterans had also promised to give their best.

“Chansa and Katongo have emphasised that they are doing this for the love of the country and will do their best to add value and experience which they have gained in their illustrious careers,” Tembwe said.

The Zambian CHAN squad commenced training yesterday in  preparation for the 2016 Rwanda championships which kick off on January 16, 2016.