Linos Jr set to become third Makwaza to represent Zambia

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Power Dynamos midfielder Linos Makwaza Jr is in line to become the third Makwaza to wear the Chipolopolo jersey after he was called up to the national team camp by new Coach Sven Vandenbroek.

Coach Vandenbroek has summoned 23 locally-based players to a three-day training camp in Lusaka.

Makwaza Jr will join his grandfather, Dickson Makwaza, who captained the national team in the 1970s and his father, Linos Sr, who was part of the reconstituted Chipolopolo side that took Africa by storm in the 1990s.

Three generations of a footballing family featuring for a national team is a rarity in world football.

The young midfielder has been in fine form in his first full season at Power and stood out in his team’s 0-0 league draw with Zesco United at Arthur Davies Stadium yesterday.

And addressing a media briefing at Football House today, Vandenbroek said his selection was based on his having watched local matches since taking up his Chipolopolo appointment on July 10.

Vandenbroek said he had watched 13 Super League teams, adding that he would watch all the teams in the coming days.

“It is not a definitive list, because I will have more than one camp. I will try to make a pool of 30 to 35 players. From there we will go to 23,” Vandenbroek said.

The Belgian said the camp was aimed at helping him know the players better and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses.

He said that more players would be called up in upcoming camps as he narrows the numbers to those required for Chipolopolo duty.

The coach said that he had excluded Zesco United players that had a continental engagement over the weekend.

The Chipolopolo have crucial Africa Cup of Nations engagements in September when they play Namibia and Guinea Bissau.

SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Mangani Banda (Zanaco)

(DEFENDERS)

Gideon Sichone (Green Buffaloes), Gift Zulu (Nkana), Benson Sakala, Allan Kamwanga (Power Dynamos), Lawrence Chungu, Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Mwila Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos), Laison Thole (Kabwe Warriors),

(MIDFIELDERS)

Linos Makwaza, Larry Bwalya (Power Dynamos), Mike Katiba, Fellon Sitonya, Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Kampamba, Jacob Ngulube (Nkana), Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Charles Zulu (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Alex Ng’onga (Power Dynamos)

TEAM STAFF

Sven Vandenbroeck (Head Coach), Dayle Solomon (Assistant coach), Chintu Kampamba (Physical Trainer), Steven Mwansa (Goalkeeper trainer), Ephraim Mphanza, Hensley Chilimboyi (both physiotherapists), Gerard Sakala (Kit), Hastings Ndovi (Team Manager), Nathan Phiri (Team Security)

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