Warriors hold back players from U-20 camp
Three Super Division sides have not released their players to the Under-20 national team training camp currently underway in Lusaka.
Under-20 assistant coach Biltong Musonda who has been overseeing the camp that winds up on Thursday told bolazambia.com that the no show of the players had affected his plan.
Musonda has been drilling the team with head coach George Lwandamina engaged with Zesco United’s CAF Confederation Cup preparation.
The clubs that have not released their players are Zanaco, Kabwe Warriors and Nchanga Rangers.
Musonda named the absentees as Godfrey Ngwenya, Solomon Sakala, Langson Mbewe, Lawrence Mulenga, Nsofwa Chaswe, Simon Tembo (all Kabwe Warriors), Fashion Sakala, Shadreck Chimanya (both Nchanga Rangers), Mangani Banda, Charles Zulu, Peter Banda, Dave Daka (Zanaco) and Barnabas Nyirenda (Young Stars, Chipata).
Musonda said the players had shown mixed levels of fitness and hoped they could make progress once the league had commenced.
“So far so good but we have some clubs that have not released the players which has somehow affected our plan. But we will do with those that are here,” he said.
“Some are looking good in terms of fitness like the guys from Napsa and Red Arrows.”
Meanwhile six more players joined camp to bring the number to 33.
The latest arrivals are Lubambo Musonda (Power Dynamos), Mike Banda (Council Pirates, Mumbwa), Elias Phiri (FQM, Solwezi), John Musonda (Mpande Academy, Kasama) and Noel Mwanza (Young Buffaloes).
Zambia will await the winner between Mozambique and Namibia in the second round of the Senegal 2015 Africa Youth Championship.
She-polopolo off to Costa Rica
The Zambia Under-17 ladies team will today head to Costa Rica ahead of their FIFA World Cup opening fixture against Italy in San Jose.
Albert Kachinga’s lasses have had a 12 day camp in San Francisco where they have played a series of friendly matches with some universities and select sides.
Zambia will open their campaign against Italy at the 35,000 seater Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica and will face Venezuela three days later before winding up their group games against the host nation at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá on 22 March.The top two teams from the each group qualify to the quarter finals that kick off on 26 March.
Full schedule for Zambia: Saturday – 15th March @ 17:00 hours (local time) Italy Vs ZambiaTuesday – 18th March @ 17:00 hours (local time) Venezuela Vs Zambia Saturday – 22nd March @ 20:00 hours (local time) Zambia Vs Costa Rica
28 report for U-20 camp
Twenty eight Under-20 players this morning reported for camp under the tutelage of assistant coach Biltong Musonda.
Under-20 coach George Lwandamina has summoned 44 players for a four day trial spell as the team prepares for next month’s Africa Youth Championships qualifiers.
The team went through the paces at the Olympic Youth Development and will be assessed until Thursday when they break camp.
Zambia will play the winner between Mozambique and Botswana in the Senegal 2015 Africa Youth qualifiers next month.
Lwandamina was re-appointed Under-20 coach following a dismal performance of the team last year at the Cosafa tournament in Maseru where they were booted in the group stage.
The 2007 FIFA World Cup coach has been tasked to revive the fortunes of the juniors under his experienced hand.
Heroes Stadium to be ready in October
Government has finally taken the step towards the construction of access roads to the newly built Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.
Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili said Chinese firm Shanghai had been contracted to build the access roads and had since received a 20% down payment.
Kambwili said the works were expected to be completed by October, 24 in time to have the Independence Day celebrations at the 50, 000 capacity facility.
“…works have been completed only internal and external roads are remaining. As at Friday last week government had paid 20% down payment to Shanghai Construction Company,” Kambwili said.
The contractor is also expected to build a flyover bridge at the junction of Kasangula and the Great North Road.
Construction of the stadium was completed in the last quarter of 2013 but could not be handed over because of lack of water and electricity with access roads also adding up to the delay.
FAZ had requested to have the March, 5 international friendly match against Uganda at the Heroes National Stadium but could not do so owing to the delay in side works.
Singuluma scores in Mazembe win
Long forgotten Zambian striker Given Singuluma was on target in TP Mazembe’s 3-0 over Cameroun’s Les Astres FC in the CAF Champions League to qualify to the second round 4-1 on aggregate.
Singuluma built on another Zambian striker Jonas Sakuwaha who was on target in the first leg in Yaonde when the two sides drew 1-all.
The former National Assembly striker who has never been part of the national team since January, 2012 when he was dropped ahead of the Africa Cup has enjoyed a relatively fulfilling stay at the Lubumbashi side and was happy to add a third goal on the day with his side already leading 2-0.
Salif Coulibaly gave them the lead on 31 minutes from a Yaw Frimpong centre, before Jonathan Bolingi made it 2-0 six minutes later.
Ronald Kampamba pays tribute to Nkana fans
Nkana striker Ronald Kampamba says beating Kampala City Council away in the CAF Champions League was not easy.
The 2013 league top scorer thanked the fans for their belief in the team as they beat KCCA 2-1 away to qualify to the second round 4-3 on aggregate and set up a date against Zamalek.
“We are very happy as a team to be in the second round. It was a not easy, Kampala is a good side but we worked more hard to beat them,” he said.
“We thank everyone who supported us and we thank God for giving us victory.”
Goals from Claude Bwalya and Christopher Munthali handed the Kitwe giants a significant away win.
Nkana will host Zamalek on March 22 in Kitwe while the return leg will be played a week later.
Masautso Mwale’s charges saw off Mbabane Swallows in the preliminary round who they beat 5-4 over two legs.
Zambian Clubs Shine In CAF Competitions
Zambian clubs enjoyed good fortunes in CAF competitions winning their second leg ties to qualify to the next round.
Nkana perhaps made the biggest statement by winning 2-1 away in Uganda against Kampala City Council who they drew 2-all in Kitwe last weekend in the first leg to win 4-3 on aggregate and book a date with sworn rivals Zamalek of Egypt.
In Ndola Confederation Cup flag carriers Zesco United dispatched Mozambique side Ferroviario de Beira via a 1-0 score courtesy of a Winstone Kalengo goal.
Zamalek beat Angolan big spenders Kabuscorp FC 1-0 over two legs and will face the Zambian champions away in the first leg.
Nkana’s Claude Bwalya made sure of business in the 32nd minute when he drilled home the opener following a Fahad Kawooya error to ease the pressure on coach Masautso Mwale.
However, the hosts fought back with Brian Majwega equalizing in the 45th minute through a well taken free kick but Christopher Munthali made sure of victory with a rebound that came from a Ronald Kampamba free kick.
Zesco United will wait for the winner between Ghana’s Medeama or Maghreb Fes of Morocco. Medeama carry 3-0 cushion from first leg.
Katongo Signs For Golden Arrows
- Christopher Katongo
Chipolopolo skipper Christopher Katongo has signed a short term deal with South Africa Premier Soccer League side Golden Arrows.
Katongo, who has been clubless since partying ways with Chinese side Henan Jianye last year, has penned a four month deal that will see him join other Zambian stars Joseph Musonda and Festus Mbewe.
The 2012 Africa Cup winning captain is not new to the South African terrain after his exploits with Jomo Cosmos in the 2006-07 season earned him a European move to Denmark where he featured for Brondby before heading to Germany where he starred for Armenia Bielefeld.
He finished top scorer despite leaving the club before the season ended.
He then headed to Greece where he played for Xanthi before heading to the Far East.
Golden Arrows are perched at the bottom of the PSL having only won four games, drawn and lost 14 after 19 games.
Katongo will be with the club until the end of the season.
Nkana face KCCA in CAF decider tie
Zambian CAF Champions League envoys Nkana will have to show their champion mentality when they face Kampala City Council at Namboole Stadium in Kampala this afternoon.
The two sides are locked at 2-all with anything short of victory spelling doom for Nkana thanks to the two away goals scored by Kampala City Council at Arthur Davies Stadium last Saturday.
Nkana coach Masautso Mwale who has repeatedly flaunted the favour spiritual flavour will have for 90 minutes place his faith in his boys’ abilities to raise the bar and get the requisite result.
Mwale’s lads have had enough game and seem to be well warmed up for action with leading striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba having found a surprisingly potent partner in Simon Bwalya.
Former Kalulushi Modern Stars man Shadreck Musonda also adds to the firepower upfront while skipper Sydney Kalume will have to do better than the first leg performance to provide stability in the midfield.
It is at the back that Mwale has had headaches with his team easily conceding goals through the porous pair of Billy Mwanza and international Christopher Munthali.
In goal former Nchanga Rangers goal minder Rabson Mchelenganga could be the one tasked thwart the threat posed by leading attackers Tony Odur and Brian Majwega, who scored in the first leg.
Lwandamina summons 44 for U-20 camp
Under-20 national team coach George Lwandamina will begin his second spell at the helm of the junior Chipolopolo with a training camp that has drawn 44 lads across the country.
Lwandamina who led Zambia to a second round finish at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup was recently re-appointed as coach and will this Sunday commence preparations for next month’s Africa Youth championships qualifiers.
Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Godfrey Silavwe (Lusaka Tigers), Lawrence Mulenga (Kabwe Warriors), Masimba Mulendema (Mufulira Police)
Kayawe Kapota (Kafue Celtics), Mofya Lwandamina (Indeni), Lawrence Mwenga (K-Stars), Simon Tembo (Kabwe warriors), Peter Banda (Zanaco), Paul Phiri (Kafue Celtics), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Ulia Phiri (Nkwazi), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Barnabas Nyirenda (Young Stars), Timothy Sakala (Young Zanaco).
Langson Mbewe(Kabwe Warriors), Lubambo Musonda (Power Dynamos), Nsofwa Mwansa (Kabwe Warriors), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors), Spencer Sautu (Choma Eagles), George Mandu (Red Arrows), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Solomon Sakala(Kabwe Warriors), Robson Phiri (Konkola Mine Police), Austin Muwowo (Konkola Mine Police), Boyd Musonda (Young Zanaco), John Kapambwe Musonda (Mpande Academy), Ackim Mumba (Red Arrows), Vicson Mwale (Airport Warriors), Kingsley Mukuka (Kafue Celtics),Peter Mwanalushi (Kafue Celtics), David Musukuma (Bauleni United), Chrispin Sakulanda (Mining Rangers), Shadreck Chimanya (Nchanga Rrangers), Chibuye Mulilo (Malaiti Rangers), Juma Mutale (Kalulushi Modern Stars), Elias Phiri (First Quantum), Fashion Sakala (Nchanga Rangers)
Ronald Chibwe (Konkola Mine Police), Saith Sakala (Napsa Stars), Jonathan Manongo (Gomes), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Alfred Mafuleka (Choma Eagles), Dave Daka (Zanaco)