Zambia name 20-man provisional squad for Nigeria clash

Chipolopolo boss has assembled local based professionals for next month’s crucial away match against the Super Eagles

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a 20-man provisional squad for their crunch World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The south Africans are three points behind the Super Eagles following their triumph over Algeria – and a victory in Uyo would put them in pole position to qualify for their first-ever World Cup.

Group B favorites Nigeria need a point to qualify for Russia 2018, and Nyirenda has already lined-up up his preliminary squad for the showdown on October 7.

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Among the selection are defenders Simon Silwimba and Fackson Kapumbu, while Zambia U17 prodigy Lameck Banda – who was on target against Zanaco a fortnight ago – has earned has earned his first call-up.

Zambia provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco) , Kelvin Malunga (Nkana)

Defenders: Simon Silwimba (Zesco United), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes),  Isaac Shamushopa (Power Dynamos)

Midfielders:  Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos),  Kondwani Mtonga (Zesco United),  John Ching’andu (Zesco United), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco),  Webster Mulenga (Red Arrows)

Forwards: Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos), Alex Ng’onga (Power Dynamos) , Lubinda Mundia (Red Arrows), Lameck Banda (Nkwazi).

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