Makembo advises Sven to use experienced players

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Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZASPOFA) patron Peter Makembo says national team coach Sven Vandenbroeck should consider using experienced players for next month’s crucial 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup qualifier against Namibia because he does not have enough time to start rebuilding a new team.

Makembo, who watched the Chipolopolo’s training session at Barca Academy in Lusaka yesterday, said Vandenbroeck should consider players like former national team skipper Rainford Kabala, Kabaso Chongo, Nathan Sinkala and Evans Kangwa because experimenting in next month’s match could prove costly.

“We really appreciate the effort the new coach is making in identifying new players but in as much as he is doing well, we don’t have enough time because we have less than a month before that important game.

Meanwhile, Coach Vandenbroek has closed his third training camp for local players in Lusaka as he nears naming his provisional squad for forthcoming national assignments.

The 27 players had their final session at National Heroes Stadium with physical trainer Chintu Kampamba and goalkeepre coach Stephen Mwansa hard at work under the watchful eye of the Belgian.

Vandenbroek has been monitoring the local league and has made various call ups mixing youth and experience.

The Chipolopolo trainer has been bringing the players and trainers in sync with his philosophy with foreign based players next on his watch list.

Zambia engages Namibia in Windhoek on September 7 with a home encounter against Guinea Bissau on October 10.

The rest of Africa Cup of Nations engagements will have Zambia travelling to Guinea on October 13 before heading to Mozambique on November 16.

A final home match against Namibia on March 16 will close the qualifiers for the Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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