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Zambia drops Katongo from squad to face Lesotho in World Cup qualifier

Published on: 08 March 2013

Zambia coach Herve Renard has dropped Felix Katongo from his squad to face Lesotho in this month's World Cup qualifier, seeking to edge past Ghana to reach the tournament in Brazil.

The Frenchman named a 19-man crack squad that includes Zanaco duo of goalkeeper, Racha Kola and midfielder, Roderick Kabwe for this month's qualifier in Lesotho.

Renard, who retained almost his entire 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad, will, however, draft four more players to the provisional team before the Chipolopolo begin the preparations for Lesotho on March 16 in South Africa.

The 2012 AFCON winning coach recalled Kola and Kabwe to the Chipolopolo set up after dropping them prior to this year's continental championship.

Kola is a direct replacement for Red Arrows goalkeeper, Danny Munyau, who was a late inclusion to the 2013 AFCON squad.

Also left out of the Lesotho clash set for Setsoto Stadium in Maseru on March 23 are striker, James Chamanga, veteran defender, Chintu Kampamba and midfielders, Felix Katongo, Noah Chivuta and Francis Kasonde.

Veteran defender, Joseph Musonda will also miss the Lesotho trip as he is suspended after picking up two yellow cards at the 2013 AFCON finals.

The Frenchman, however, retained his faith in skipper, Christopher Katongo, England-based striker, Emmanuel Mayuka, the central defensive partners, Stoppila Sunzu and Hichani Himoonde, Portugal-based defender, Emmanuel Mbola, midfielder, William Njobvu from Israel and 2013 revelation, Mukuka Mulenga.

Holland-based striker, Jacob Mulenga, who is currently in fine scoring form at FC Utrecht, South Africa's Collins Mbesuma, first choice goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene and midfielders, Nathan Sinkala and Rainford Kalaba are among the notables making the team.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) spokesperson, Erick Mwanza who released the provisional squad at a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday said Renard's list was still incomplete as he needed to fuse in four more players to bring the total number of players to 23.

Mwanza said the coach had not completed his call and that he was still doing some assessment through the ongoing talent search, and the remaining four names would be made known to the public by today.

"The coach has announced his 19-member provisional team, but he has not yet completed his call, he is still assessing some players, and the remaining four players will be announced to the public by tomorrow (Today)," Mwanza said

He said the team would set up camp on March 16 at their traditonal base in Johannesburg and adequately prepare for the World Cup qualifier.

Mwanza said FAZ would ensure the team was thoroughly equipped for the World Cup qualifiers because there was a lot of football to play and the Chipolopolo should hit the top competitive level.

The provisional team has 

Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene, Joshua Titima, Racha Kola;

Defenders: Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Emmanuel Mbola, Davies Nkausu;

Midfielders: Mukuka Mulenga, Roderick Kabwe, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Isaac Chansa, Chisamba Lungu, William Njobvu;

Strikers: Jonas Sakuwaha, Emmanuel Mayuka, Collins Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo,Jacob Mulenga.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Samedge says:
    March 09, 2013 04:13 am
    I have began suspecting you are a Zambian but no pee. I only want you to be aware that Christophe r Katongo is still in the team. It is rather Felix Katongo who is out.
  • 100 % Black Star fan says:
    March 09, 2013 02:43 am
    Then y are we constantly reporting about them nd llying to ourselves that Sudan does'nt pose a threat...infact we're suppossed to focus our energies on Sudan.I think we scared of the Zambians.
  • Joe says:
    March 08, 2013 08:40 pm
    Wth al due respct to coach renard, i'm 1 person who is of the opinion captain Katongos replacemnt shld b in the pipeline sinc 2012.Cos an instant replacemnt to an influencial figure lik cap kat is alwys proven to b disastrous.however,he is the coach,i personally wish him nd zambia all the bst.
  • May his peace prevail says:
    March 08, 2013 02:18 pm
    @samedge. Please can you translate this into zambian language for me? "Mbesuma has a big head. Oh my God! this is what we call the real man's head
  • @HK says:
    March 08, 2013 12:19 pm
    You are always commenting on our net,and what is wrong with this news anyway?
  • tank God we are not zambians says:
    March 08, 2013 05:46 pm
    we dnt care abt wat happens in zambia or dier football.
  • Samedge says:
    March 08, 2013 03:26 pm
    @ may his soul prevail, why this question.why am i a zambian?my friend
  • John says:
    March 08, 2013 03:34 pm
    Don't be angry they are only showing us that they are more professional than us,naming a squad in Ghana is like writing thesis.
  • Samedge says:
    March 08, 2013 11:25 am
    This news should be kept in Zambia & not Non-sense!
  • kimco says:
    March 08, 2013 03:46 pm
    @...peace prevail- that's very childish and you should be ashamed, how's that relevant to the thread. Stay on topic pls.