SOUTH Africa-based striker Bornwell Mwape has joined the Chipolopolo camp ahead of the international friendly against Rwanda on Sunday.
The Amazulu player jetted in on Monday evening to add to the 12 players that regrouped out of the 26-man named squad
Mwape, who last wore the Chipolopolo outfit in 2013, said in an interview after morning training session yesterday at National Heroe’s Stadium that he was happy to be back in the national team.
He said the Zambian people should expect a goal from him during the friendly against Rwanda to be played at Hero’s Stadium.
“It is good to be back in the national team after so long and I will not disappoint the coach that has confidence in me. I will ensure that goals come from me,’’ Mwape said.
The striker said he will put in his best for the benefit of the national team and Zambia.
“The Rwanda friendly is very important to me because I have not played for the national team for a long time. I will put in my best to make it up for my country,” he said.
Mwape said he will continue working hard at Amazulu for him to be considered for more national team duties.
“My target is to continue performing well to earn regular call- ups to the national team,” Mwape said.
Meanwhile, Janza said the Rwanda friendly will be arehearsalfor the COSAFA tournament to be hosted by South Africa in June.
Janza said the Rwanda friendly was important for Zambia’s many international engagements, citing the AFCON qualifiers in June and World Cup qualifiers in October.
“For the Rwanda friendly I have called mainly the locals and few foreign-based players because we are using the game as a platform for COSAFA that will consist mainly local players,” he said.
He said COSAFA will have majority of local players for the future of Zambian football and he will fuse in a few foreign-based players like captain Rainford Kalaba to show leadership.
Janza said that enterprising midfielder Bruce Musakanya has been ruled out of the Rwanda clash due to a hamstring injury.
“Bruce was with us yesterday (Monday) and he was assessed by the team doctor who advised that he should be on medical leave,” he said.
Janza said he expected to have a full squad by Wednesday and find a replacement for Musankanya.
“I am also expecting some Under-23 players that were in Nigeria for the All-Africa Games qualifier to join the squad this afternoon,” he said.
Others that are yet to join the team are Aaron Katebe based in Zimbabwe and the TP Mazembe trio of Kalabo, Given Singuluma and Kabaso Chongo.