Dream Team shift base to Malawi ahead of Olympic qualifier

Zambia Under-23 coach Beston Chambeshi is set to join camp together with four European based stars ahead of Wednesday’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre.

And Malawi Under-23 side have stepped up their training ahead of the clash after spending a month in Europe. The young flames have set base at Kamuzu Banda Stadium for the past week.

From Zambia’s Dream Team, comprising of the famous ‘Bola Na Lesa’ who conquered Africa two years ago at under-20 level, the team has been gearing up in Johannesburg under the guidance of assistant coach Bilton Musonda.

Head coach Chambeshi has connected from Sudan where he was on continental duty with Total CAF Confederations Cup quarter finalists Nkana.

The quartet Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu ( Austria), Fashion Sakala (Belgium) and Emmanuel Banda (France) are on their way to Malawi.

The Euro based are likely to be part of the Tuesday afternoon training session at Kamuzu Banda Stadium.

Injured Edward Chilufya has been ruled out of the tie.

Portugal based Boston Muchindu was the first one to join the team in South Africa. The left footed former Kalampa boy is set to start at left back for the injured Prosper Chiluya, who has a maxillo facial injury.

From the class of ’17 which reached the quarter finals at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Korea, Chambeshi has added about five exciting teenages.

Winner between Zambia and Malawi will face either Burundi or Congo Brazzaville in the final qualifying round.

The eight team African zone Olympic qualifier will be hosted in Egypt with top three teams qualifying to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

FULL SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi), Lameck Siame (Kitwe United)

DEFENDERS


Solomon Sakala, Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Kebson Kamanga (Nkwazi), Field Kandela, Wayne Museba (Kabwe Warriors), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos)

MIDFIELDERS


Boyd Musonda (Zanaco), Lameck Banda, Kingsley Kangwa, Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Boston Muchindu, Emmanuel Banda (France), Enock Mwepu (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)

STRIKERS


Biston Banda (Circuit City), Twiza Chaibela (Kabwe Warriors), Fashion Sakala (KVO Oostende, Belgium), Paston Daka (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)

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