[By Bright Tembo]
TWO more foreign-based players have joined the Zambia Under-23 team camp in Cairo ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that kicks off tomorrow.
Russia-based Lameck Banda and Kings Kangwa were received by team manager Mwansa Kapyanga.
And speaking on arrival, Kangwa said the team has what it takes to beat South Africa, despite not having three key players in the first match.
“First game against South Africa, we will be without three players; Fashion [Sakala], Paston [Daka] and [Enock] Mwepu, but that’s not a problem. We still have a strong team. We still have good players, we just go and collect the win. The first game is very important, we just go and win and if we win the first game, it can give us confidence to go all the way winning the tournament,” Kangwa said.
And his Arsenal Tula teammate Lameck Banda said the AfCON was a chance to redeem the senior national team’s poor performance.
“I think nanvela mushe ku joiner banzanga because iyi tournament ili very important. I think apa ku Zambia sitichita mushe kwambila ba senior so iyi chance tifunika tiyi sebenzese maningi (I’m happy to join the team because this tournament is important to us looking at the poor performance our senior national team. It’s an opportunity for us to work extra hard),” Banda said.
The arrival of the duo brings the number of foreign-based players to five following the earlier arrival of Bradley Mweene, Emamnuel Banda and Edward Chilufya.
Coach Beston Chambeshi now has 18 players in camp.