Zambia recalls Chansa and drops Sinkala

SW20051027TKA054:SPORT:SOCCER:27OCT2005 - Orlando Pirates Isaac Chansa on the ball in game against Orlado Pirates for a premiership game at Ellis Park on the 15th September 2005. Picture By : Tsheko Kabasia.
Sowetan 29/12/2009 PG 18 Isaac Chansa.
SW20051027TKA054:SPORT:SOCCER:27OCT2005 - Orlando Pirates Isaac Chansa on the ball in game against Orlado Pirates for a premiership game at Ellis Park on the 15th September 2005. Picture By : Tsheko Kabasia. Sowetan 29/12/2009 PG 18 Isaac Chansa.

CHIPOLOPOLO have recalled former Orlando Pirates ace midfielder Isaac Chansa, above, for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola next month.

CHIPOLOPOLO have recalled former Orlando Pirates ace midfielder Isaac Chansa, above, for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola next month.

Zambia's French coach Herve Renard has named a 30-member squad, leaving out experienced Germany-based defensive midfielder Andrew Sinkala.

Also ignored for the continental soccer spectacle is Clifford Mulenga, who is playing in South Africa for struggling Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Renard surprised all and sundry by including inactive Fwayo Tembo in the squad, which has six South African-based players.

The Katongo brothers, Christopher and Felix, as well as Collins "Ntofontofo" Mbesuma, will be making their third appearance in the finals of this tournament.

Chansa is excited to have been included in the team, adding they were determined to qualify for the knockout stages this time round.

In Ghana last year, Zambia were eliminated in the first round.

"Our target is to reach the knockout stages, which will help ease the pressure. From there anything can happen," said Chansa, who plays for Helsinborg in Sweden.

"We have what it takes to go all the way to the final."

Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya said they were looking forward to doing well in Angola, urging his country to rally behind the team.

The team is:

Goalkeepers - Rabson Muchelang'anga (Power), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars), Kalililo Kakonje (AmaZulu), Davy Kaumbwa (Buffaloes), Jacob Banda (Zesco United) and Joshua Titima (Zanaco).

Defenders - Dennis Banda (Buffaloes), Hichani Himoonde (TP Mazembe, DRC), Eugene Shamakamba, Charles Siyingwa, Thomas Nyirenda (all Zanaco), Chintu Kampamba (AmaZulu), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Francis Kasonde (Al Suwaiq) and Emmanuel Mbola (Pyunik Yerevan, Armenia).

Midfielders - Rainford Kalaba (Uniao De Leiria, Portugal), Stopilla Sunzu (Afrisports), Isaac Chansa (Helsinborg, Sweden), Sebastien Mwansa (Buffaloes), Kennedy Chola (City of Lusaka), Felix Katongo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Noah Chivuta (Maritzburg United), William Njobvu (Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmone, Israel) and Chris Katongo (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany).

Strikers - Jacob Mulenga (Utrecht, Holland), James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Emmanuel Mayuka (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel), Collins Mbesuma (Moroka Swallows), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe, DRC) and Fwayo Tembo (clubless).

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