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Zambia Confirms International Friendly Game With South Sudan

The Zambian National Football Team during a friendly game pose for a group photo.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed that it’s National Team (The Chipolopolo) will play an International friendly game against the South Sudan national football team in Ethiopia on Saturday 24th and Monday 26th October, 2020 on a two leg Fixtures.

The Chipolopolo head coach Milutin “Micho” has already summoned a 23 man squad ahead of the friendly game.

However the official communication which was made on the FAZ official social media platform is yet to be confirmed by the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) although their counterparts the Zambian FA has confirmed it on their official platforms.

The Bright Stars head coach Ashu Cyprian Besong will kick off a Residential Training Starting Tuesday 20th October, 2020 before departure to Addis Ababa for the organised International Friendly game.

Ashu Cyprian Besong during a media briefing

It should be noted that the Bright Stars recently returned from Cameroon and played the Cameroon intermediate term in a two international friendly competition which both ended in a goalless draw.

There is yet to be a confirmed report that the Bright Stars while in Ethiopia will also be facing off host Ethiopia on a date yet to be established by the organizers.

Chipolopolo coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic who has named a 23-man squad of local players to play Ethiopia and South Sudan in international friendly matches, retained most of the local players that were part of just-ended FIFA international window which saw the Chipolopolo play three matches against Malawi, Kenya and South Africa.

Zambian Coach Micho during a press briefing.

Micho has drafted Nkwazi goalkeeper Charles Muntanga, Zanaco defender Kebson Kamanga, Luka Ng’uni and Paul Katena. 

The team enters camp on Tuesday 20 October and will jet-off to Ethiopia the following day in readiness for the match against that country’s national team on Thursday.

According to FAZ, Zambia’s second match will be against the Bright Stars of South Sudan on Saturday 24th October, 2020 before facing Ethiopia again on Sunday 25th October, 2020

The local assemblage will wrap up the Addis Ababa engagement with another match against South Sudan on Monday, October, 26.

Micho is using the matches to prepare the players for the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches against Botswana in November and the African Nations Championship slated for January 2021 in Cameroon.

South Sudan will have to use the friendly against Zambia as a huge preparatory match ahead of the Uganda Cranes games on the group B, Day 3 and 4 of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers 2022. 

Coach Micho has drafted an intense program for local players that will see them flow into the Botswana encounter on November 12 at National Heroes Stadium in match fit condition.

The 23 Summoned Squad By Micho ahead of Ethiopia, South Sudan Friendlies. 

FULL SQUAD:

GOALKEEPERS

Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi)

DEFENDERS

Kondwani Chiboni, Zachariah Chilongoshi (both Power Dynamos), Luka Banda, Luka Ng’uni (both Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Kebson Kamanga (Zanaco

MIDFIELDERS

Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Albert Kangwanda, Kelvin Kapumbu (both Zanaco), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Leonard Mulenga (Green Buffaloes), Bruce Musakanya, Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba (both Zesco United), Collins Sikombe (Napsa Stars), Chaniza Zulu (Lumwana Radiants), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Thomas Zulu (Nkwazi)

STRIKERS

Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Chabula (Nkwazi)

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