ZAMBIA Under-23 coach Beston Chambeshi has named 26 local players for next weekend’s final camp ahead of the March 20 first leg encounter against Malawi in Blantyre.
Chambeshi has drafted Zesco United forward Maybin Kalengo in his squad that regroups on Monday in Lusaka and is expected to remain in camp until they play Malawi.
Team manager Hastings Ndovi told fazfootball.com that the team will shift its training sessions to Independence Stadium on the artificial turf in preparation for the encounter at the Kamuzu Banda Stadium.
The boys are expected to regroup on Monday while foreign based players are expected to join in the final stanza of the preparations.
The seven foreign based players Chambeshi has named include Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu (both of Red Bull-Austria), Fashion Sakala (KV Oostende), Emmanuel Banda (AS Beziers-France), Edward Chilufya (IF Djurgardens-Sweden), Gampani Lungu (SuperSport United-RSA) and Boston Muchindu (Academica-de-Coimbra-Portugal).
Zambia plays Malawi on March 20 away and at home four days later with the winner facing either Burundi or Congo Brazzaville in the final qualifying round.
Eight teams will qualify to the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with the top three at the tournament automatically qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The bulk of the current Zambia U23 team were graduated from the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup winning side.
Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Jackson Kakunta (Power Dynamos), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi), Lameck Siame (Kitwe United)
Wayne Museba (Kabwe Warriors), Kebson Kamanga (Nkwazi), Sydney Phiri (Gomes), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos), Solomon Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Chiboni Kondwani (Power Dynamos), Field Kandela (Kabwe Warriors)
Boyd Musonda (Zanaco), Prince Mumba, (Kabwe Warriors), Lameck Banda, Edward Tembo (Zesco United), Crispin Sakulanda (Red Arrows), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Benson Kolala (Forest Rangers), Linos Makwaza (Power Dynamos)
Biston Banda, Mangani Phiri (Circuit City), Klings Kangwa (Buildcon), Maybin Kalengo (Zesco United).