LUSAKA – Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has announced his 30-man provisional squad for the 2021 COSAFA Cup scheduled to run from July 7-18 in South Africa.
Micho has named a blend of youth and experience for the 2021 COSAFA Cup with Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene returning to the squad for the first time since October 2018.
The 36-year-old 2012 Africa Cup winning best gloves-man will be in familiar environs at Port Elizabeth, being South Africa based, where he has won multiple awards for Sundowns.
Others making a comeback are Zesco United defender Simon Silwimba, Power Dynamos’ Zachariah Chilongoshi and Red Arrows midfielder Felix Bulaya.
Micho has summoned Napsa Stars promising youngster Jimmy ‘Zobrigo’ Mukeya following an impressive season with the FAZ/EDEN University bound pensioners.
Zobrigo has racked up nine goals in the MTN Super League (eight) and CAF Confederation Cup this season.
The rest of the squad comprises most of the players that the Serb has had under his watch in his mission to reboot the Chipolopolo.
Micho has roped in some foreign based players that he may lining up for a possible final check-up before the September Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Zambia will begin its title defence at the 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup in Port Elizabeth on July 7, 2021 against Comoros with a clash against Madagascar three days later.
The final group B match will be against Malawi on July 13.
Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns – RSA), Gregory Sanjase (Young Green Eagles), Cyril Chibwe (Polokwane City – RSA), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors)
Roderick Kabwe (Black Leopards), Isaac Shamujompa, Roderick Kembo (Buildcon), Simon Silwimba, Adrian Chama (Zesco United), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe), Prosper Chiluya, Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Zachariah Chilongoshi (Power Dynamos)
Spencer Sautu, Benson Sakala (both Power Dynamos), Felix Bulaya, Paul Katema (both Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri (Polokwane City – RSA), Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Augustine Mulenga (Amazulu-RSA), Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba (Zesco United), Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars).
Moses Phiri, Rodger Kola (both Zanaco), Gamphani Lungu (Supersport United-RSA), Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Justin Shonga (Cape Town City-RSA), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes).
- Football Association of Zambia