Chisamba Lungu returns as Nyirenda names provisional squad for Nigeria clash

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Chisamba Lungu of Zambia during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match between Burkina Faso v Zambia on the 29 January 2013 at Mbombela Stadium ©Pic Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Zambia national football team acting head coach Wedson Nyirenda has announced a provisional squad of 33 players ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Nigeria.

The invited players from the local league will go into residential camp on Sunday, September 25 in Ndola.

Nyirenda’s list sees several players returning to the fold including Chisamba Lungu, Fwayo Tembo, Kennedy Mweene, Kabaso Chongo and Patson Daka.

Others are Collins Mbesuma, Charles Zulu, Jack Chirwa, Richard Kasonde and Mwape Mwelwa.

Power Dynamos defender Lawrence Chungu has been re-called to the senior national team since December 2013 when he was named in the provisional squad for the Cecafa competition by Patrice Beaumelle.

Nyirenda was named as national team assistant coach on September 13 and in the absence of a substantive head coach will be acting head coach.

His immediate task is to prepare and come up with the team for the match against Nigeria on October 9.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA), Racha Kola (Zanaco);

Defenders: Lawrence Chungu (Power Dynamos), Fackson Kapumbu (Zanaco), Simon Silwimba (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe/DRC), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), George Chilufya (Zanaco), Stopilla Sunzu (Lille/France), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Donashano Malama (Nkana) ;

Midfielders: Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Fwayo Tembo (Power Dynamos), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe/DRC), Clatous Chama (Zesco United), John Ching’andu (Zesco United), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Misheck Chaila (Zesco United), Richard Kasonde (Zanaco), Nathan Sinkala (TP Mazembe/DRC), Rodrick Kabwe (Zanaco), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Mwape Mwelwa (Zesco United), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural/Russia),

Strikers: Justin Shonga (Nkwazi), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Winston Kalengo (AC Leopards/Congo), Lewis Macha (Kaizer Chiefs/RSA), Patson Daka (Power Dynamos), Collins Mbesuma (Highlands Park/RSA)

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