Chipolopolo leave for Ghana camp ahead of Nigeria clash

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The Zambia National Team has left for Accra Ghana where they will set up base before Saturday’s Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda travelled in the first batch that had six players and some technical staff at 06:30 hours with the second batch on the 13:00 hours South African Airways flight.

The team will leave for Uyo Nigeria on Thursday for the Group B encounter.

Foreign based players are expected to join camp in Ghana after featuring for their clubs.

Nigeria leads Group B on 10 points while Zambia is second on seven points with Cameroun on three points while Algeria is stuck at the bottom with one point.

Meanwhile, Zambia will be without South Africa based striker Brian Mwila and under-20 star Emmanuel Banda.

Mwila has been ruled out of next Saturday’s Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria due to injury.

Team Doctor George Magwende has told Fazfootball.com that Mwila who scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Algeria at Heroes Stadium on September 2 has not fully recovered from the injury sustained on national duty.

Magwende said that Belgium-based Banda had also been ruled out due to injury.

“Brian (Mwila) will not be part of the team as he had a recurrence of the injury he suffered during the Algeria game. It is best to give him time to fully recover,” he said.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda has since replaced the duo with Power Dynamos midfielder Alex Ng’onga and Zesco United’s John Ching’andu.

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