ZAMBIA national soccer team coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina says adequate preparation is the only solution to the team’s triumph when they face Sudan in the Russia 2018 World Cup second round first leg qualifier on November 11 at Khartoum Stadium.
Lwandamina has since called 24 local players to camp which has seen most of the players that played Mozambique CHAN qualifier a fortnight ago being retained.
The only new call-ups are league champions Zesco United’s utility midfielder Cletas Chama while previous call-up Kennedy Mudenda did not make the grade.
Lwandamina said Sudan was a good side and that the players needed enough training to record a win away.
He said on record, Zambia has had difficulties beating Sudan at their backyard because of the tense atmosphere, but the players will have to rewrite history.
“At the level of football in the world, no team is an underdog. We will not underrate Sudan but effectively prepare. I will not look at the past history in Khartoum but what can give the team the result,” he said.
Sports minister Vincent Mwala had on many occasion emphasised that there will not be any excuse for not qualifying for the 2018 World.
“Our target is to see Chipolopolo qualify for the World Cup. We have been to Africa Cup of Nations several times, hence the reason to move to a higher level. Government will not take any excuse for another failure qualify to the World Cup.
We believe Zambia has quality players that can make this dream happen,” Mwale said.
Sudan beat Zambia 2-0 in Khartoum on June 2, 2012 but FIFA overturned the result after the North Africans used an ineligible player. FIFA instead awarded the Chipolopolo a 3-0 win.
The players summoned to camp are Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Danny Munyao (Red Arrows).
Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Power Dynamos), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Buchizya Mfune (Green Buffaloes), Dauti Musekwa (Zesco United), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors), Kapota Kayawe (Nkana), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows).
Midfielders are Clatous Chama (Zesco United), Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Mwila Phiri (Green Eagles), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Mwape Mwelwa (Zesco United), Salulani Phiri ( Zanaco )
Strikers are Winston Kalengo (Zesco United), Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Festus Mbewe (Red Arrows), and Moses Phiri (Zanaco).