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Herve Renard calls up quartet from PSL for vital qualifier

Four South African based players have been named by Zambia for their trip to Uganda next week where the African Nations Cup holders seek to qualify to defending their title.

Zambia coach Herve Renard has stuck with the same selection that did duty in the first leg of the final round qualifier, when Zambia narrowly beat Uganda 1-0.

They take a precarious lead to Kampala for the return on October 14 with Kennedy Mweene and Noah Chivuta of Free State Stars, Davies Nkausu of SuperSport United and Joseph Musonda, who has just re-signed with Lamontville Golden Arrows.

All were in the squad when Zambia won the 2012 Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon earlier this year.

The squad also includes a further six players who had previously played in the Premier Soccer League, including Isaac Chansa who left champions Orlando Pirates for China in June and Chris Katongo, formerly top scorer with Jomo Cosmos.

Defender Kampamba Chintu is also in the squad despite the fact that he was released by Bidvest Wits at the end of last season. He has not got a club since.

Zambia must hold onto their lead to qualify for the 2013 finals in South Africa or join Egypt on an embarrassing list of teams who have failed to qualify to defend their title.

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