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Breaking News : CHIPOLOPOLO AFCON SQUAD ANNOUNCED As INJURED Players Are SELECTED

Skipper Christopher Katongo leads a 28-man crack squad which the Fox unveiled Thursday December 22 to challenge for the honour of being the champion team of the continent when the biggest African soccer fest – the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is played in January and February. Two players – Thomas Nyirenda and James Chamanga are on standby.
“I’m very ambitious and with this squad, I want us to do better than what we did in Angola two years ago. So to be better means nothing short of a minimum of a semi-final is better. But overall, with this squad, we will be ready psychologically, physically, tactically and mentally. It is our dream to win the Africa Cup particularly in Libreville where you know a great a part of our history was written. It would be fantastic for the memories of the Zambian team that died there,” Renard said adding: “Our first target is get out of the group and then after reaching the quarter-finals, we can dream to get to the final.”
The Fox said the squad has an excellent blend of experience and young talents who will bring a new energy to the team.
“We have wonderful players and in it new revelations who can compete for the first eleven. Of course, I would have loved to have Jacob Mulenga and Emmanuel Mbola. But we have Mayuka to replace Jacob. We have Mbesuma, Singuluma, Kola and James should recover as well as the young striker Evans. But overall, the talents in the team should be good enough to play for each other.”
“Team spirit will be key and the players’ commitment. We want to play as a good team with all players committed to fight for their country and not just themselves. We will be ourselves. We won’t fear anybody. We will respect every opponent and play our game,” the Fox said.
FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza said the team will have the best of facilities in South Africa.
He hailed the wonderful partnership and support of government saying that would enable FAZ prepare the squad fully.
“Like the president Kalusha said, our fantastic partnership and excellent relationship with Ministry of Sports and the Government, our various sponsors and partners will see us give the Chipolopolo the best preparations and incentives for them to prepare and compete very well,” Mwanza said adding: “after suspending training yesterday, the team gets together on December 26th in time for the send-off dinner at the Intercontinental Lusaka which we expect our Patron and Republican President His Excellency Michael Sata will grace,” Mwanza said.
He said at the Nations Cup finals, the Chipolopolo’s first tam strip will be Orange shirt, Green shorts and Orange socks while the change strip will be green shirt, black short and green socks. The goalkeepers will be in all yellow and all blue.
The full squad:
Christopher Katongo (Skipper – Henan Jienye, China), Kalililo Kakonje (GK – Unattached), Kennedy Mweene GK, Free State Stars, RSA), Joshua Titima (GK, Power Dynamos, ZAM), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, RSA), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, RSA), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United, ZAM), Francis Kasonde (TP Mazembe, DRC), Hichani Himonde (TP Mazembe, DRC), Kampamba Chintu (Bidvest Wits, RSA), Stoppila Sunzu (TP Mazembe, DRC), William Njobvu (Hapoel Ironi K. Shmona, Israel), Nathan Sinkala (Green Buffaloes, ZAM), Justin Zulu (Hapoel I.R LeZion, Israel), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe, DRC), Isaac Chansa (Orlando Pirates, RSA), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars, RSA), Felix Katongo (Green Buffaloes, ZAM), Clifford Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic, RSA), Jonas Sakuwaha (El Merreikh, Sudan), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural, Russia), Evans Kangwa (Nkana, ZAM), Collins Mbesuma (Golden Arrows, RSA), Emmanuel Mayuka (Zurich, Switzerland), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe, DRC), Roger Kola (AS Ashod, Israel)
Medical Stand-by: James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China) and Thomas Nyirenda (Konkola Blades, ZAM)

[Football Association Of Zambia]

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67 Responses to Breaking News : CHIPOLOPOLO AFCON SQUAD ANNOUNCED As INJURED Players Are SELECTED

  1. Wren

    December 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I miss
    Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)
    John Soko (defender)
    Whiteson Changwe (defender)
    Robert Watiyakeni (defender)
    Eston Mulenga (midfielder)
    Derby Makinka (midfielder)
    Moses Chikwalakwala (midfielder)
    Wisdom Mumba Chansa (midfielder)
    Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale (striker)
    Timothy Mwitwa (striker)
    Numba Mwila (midfielder)
    Richard Mwanza (goalkeeper)
    Samuel Chomba (defender)
    Moses Masuwa (striker)
    Kenan Simambe (defender)
    Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder)
    Winter Mumba (defender)
    Patrick “Bomber” Banda (striker)

    Coaching staff
    Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu
    Alex Chola
    Wilson Mtonga (doctor)
    Wilson Sakala

    Others
    Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman)
    Nelson Zimba (public servant)
    Joseph Bwalya Salim (journalist)

  2. Wren

    December 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I miss
    Efford Chabala (goalkeeper)
    John Soko (defender)
    Whiteson Changwe (defender)
    Robert Watiyakeni (defender)
    Eston Mulenga (midfielder)
    Derby Makinka (midfielder)
    Moses Chikwalakwala (midfielder)
    Wisdom Mumba Chansa (midfielder)
    Kelvin “Malaza” Mutale (striker)
    Timothy Mwitwa (striker)
    Numba Mwila (midfielder)
    Richard Mwanza (goalkeeper)
    Samuel Chomba (defender)
    Moses Masuwa (striker)
    Kenan Simambe (defender)
    Godfrey Kangwa (midfielder)
    Winter Mumba (defender)
    Patrick “Bomber” Banda (striker)

    Coaching staff
    Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu
    Alex Chola
    Wilson Mtonga (doctor)
    Wilson Sakala

    Others
    Michael Mwape (FAZ Chairman)
    Nelson Zimba (public servant)
    Joseph Bwalya Salim (journalist)

  3. Ama Ranger

    December 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I once plyed at AFCON 4 times. Given a chance wth great Kalu we can still perform wonders

  4. Nkhata

    December 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I do have a strong faith that with this square africa and the world will be shocked. African footballer of the year 2012 will be a zambian and africa cups 2012 is coming to zambia. Our fallen stars will be there in gabon

  5. DJ sweat

    December 23, 2011 at 7:09 am

    if Zambia gets a draw in the first game, it’s over. all the best chipolopolo

  6. Mambo

    December 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Im suprised we Zambians are still dreamers and still cling to luck as a catalyst to success. Lets be honest with ourselves and only then can we really improve on our tactics and approach to the african cup of nations. At the moment we are one of the weakest sides in africa and yet we want to associate & compare ourselves to great teams of this continent.To win a continental cup is not a joke.You first need a good team that believes in its capabilities (score at will) and then you need a star or what they call in today’s game a “Play Maker”.We used to have Kalu in the past(2 mins to go…GOAL!!!!GOAL!!!!KALU!!!KALU!!!).This is the person that has to make a difference when the chips are down. He must inspire the team.If you look closely in all past winning teams you would agree with me…Great players like Abdi Pele,Aburekka,Joel Teye,Roger Milla,Rashid Yakini etc are evident. In world soccer..Maradona,Pele,Zidan,Klinsmann,Enesta,Ronaldo,Romario etc have and did step up to the plate when their teams needed to be inspired. The big question about our Chipolopolo is “DO WE HAVE ONE?”.Non of our exports even guarentee first team places in their respective foreign teams and yet we will be competing with teams with players playing in the biggest world leagues and are “Stars” there. Watch out this is not soccer at Kalukungu stadium (Chimpombwa)…Drogba,Yaya,Dede Ayew,Niang,Sassenyong,Giovinio,Gyan,Manucho, etc will be there and they will be competing for pride.Lets keep our heads up and stop dreaming but prepare adquately….Your toughts??? Chipolopolo all the way but with caution.

  7. CorrectedZ

    December 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Interesting analysis Mambo. Hope alone is not enough but do we have enough time left for adequate preparations?

  8. DUDE

    December 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    pipo what is singuluma, felix, kola and chamanga doing in the squad?

  9. DUDE

    December 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

    i watched cliford yesterday umaiche taishiba ball control ukutemwisha akaliule kakwe ka mammpi

  10. ASK

    December 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    IWE
    KA WREN, ESTON MULENGA WAS NOT A MIDFIELDER BUT A DEFENDER AND TIMOTHY MWITWA WAS A NATURAL WINGER AND NOT A STRIKER..READ HISTORY PLS

  11. hary

    December 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    @mambo. Playin in da bigest leagues is not da issue in futbal bt how wel da same big names r able 2combne. Look at egypt in da recent past, most of their players were locally based but they used 2walop all giants u r tokin abt.didier drogba’s ivory coast were staned. Not 2mention egypt vs cameroon, if u remeber. I kno we r not egypt. I used them coz they r an exampo of a team who combined very wel without any big names. In shot am sayin, futbal is abt mentality and disipline en not da strenth of da league. Da league is secondary.

  12. snazzy j

    December 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    the problem wit our team iz dat we giv 2much respect to atha teams.take 4 xzampo da game against nigeria at da last afcom it was our game bt coz u giv 2mach respect to da so called big names u crash,i sugest the fox build his afcom team around sunzu,kalaba and mayuka with katongo and mbesuma coming in as support option.also look out for young kangwa and titima in goal,those two boys are the next best thing for zambian soccer.(predictions)another quota final berth is my prediction.

  13. Wizard

    December 24, 2011 at 8:30 am

    We like making football analysis in a heart decision style, we need to use our heads.The team we have can perform as long as there is determination and hunger to be the best in the individual players.I watched Zambia play a friendly with Nigeria,there was no one with the killer instinct at the goalpost like,great Kalu had. Non of the Zambia strikers is a bully type of player.Look at Messi or just Ayew though not bigger in size they will cause alot of havoc at any given defence. What I would advise Renard to do is to create a team spirit and midfieldism….meaning if Zambia can possess the ball too much with passes the oponent will not have a chance to hit our net,then have a couple of finishers ( with killer instincts).Nigeria played badly bad when it came to scores Zambia was down by 2. A ball in the air is not yours but for every one,so let the boys be encouraged to play low balls but clinical for finishing. In our players there is luck of fitness,it is not the body size but the how well an individual can be psychologically fit too.Look at Evra small man but can handle bigger players.

  14. Zedgooner

    December 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Zambia is winnin stop sayin we r weakest team in africa we r the strongest team south of the equator wat we need is gud formation.stop sayin that none of our players can take the game by scruff of its neck.we have great kaliba in our squad.in goal we hav mweene who is very consistent at fullback we hav joseph musonda and nyambe mulenga in the heart of the defence we have chintu & sunzu who wer brilliant last tym out and am sure have gotten better. in midfield we hav isaac chansa whom i think can be very important 4 the back 4 n he comes up wit odd goal wen games r tight.kalaba n the katongo bros will hav 2 supply the amunition 4 the strikers.lastly

  15. Shilimbele

    December 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I’ve said this before, I’m gonna say it now and again that Sinkala might have made a little mark on the Zambian football scene but he has to a larger extent lacked discipline. It is one thing to differ with one couch and another with every couch one plays under.
    Whatever we say about our team does not matter. What matters though is that this is the best that we have. And each time one has got to do with one’s best.
    Dont you lament Zambians! One day we shall be there. We shall have another ‘Kalu’ on the pitch.
    And there is nothing like big teams at the AFCON. The whole essence of having such a tournament is to see who winners gonna be. If the winners were obvious, such a tournament would not be held. That ‘winning’ nation would simply be presented with the trophy

  16. Sibbuku

    December 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

    @wren, you have activated the old memories, not forgetting Dennis Liwewe on the commentary bench. By then most zambians could crowd in corridors with two band radios monitoring the match. Few could watch on black and white TV screens. Anyway, gone are those days.

  17. Neutral

    December 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

    football is no longer about names.remember how big names tumbled during the last world cup.the team spirit matters.i appreciate the egyptian type of play though they failed to qlify.closely knitted team