ZAMBIA national team coach Beston Chambeshi says there is no much pressure on his team ahead of the back-to-back World Cup qualifier match against Equatorial Guinea.
Zambia face Equatorial Guinea on October 7 before hosting their Group B rivals three days later at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Addressing journalists after a training session, Chambeshi said all the active players were welcome but would not call on anyone due to their past glory.
“If we have players that played in 2012 and they are still active, we need them. But if you look at the market it is not easy to come up with experienced players but the door is open,’’ he said. ‘’We are still looking at players who we feel can add value to the national team but we don’t call names. We have to call players who are active at their clubs.”
He said the Chipolopolo were not under pressure because everyone in the team was determined to ensure that they picked up maximum points in the World Cup qualifiers.
“We assembled yesterday and the players we called are all in, which is good for the team. We are happy with the response and all we are looking at is to prepare very well for the game against Equatorial Guinea,’’ said Chambeshi.
‘’I’m very confident with my technical staff that we will go and get maximum points in Equatorial Guinea. We have to believe in ourselves first and then we will try to learn more of Equatorial Guinea but we have to believe in ourselves first.”
Chambeshi has named a 24-man squad for next month’s back-back Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier matches against Equatorial Guinea.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers; Mwenya Chibwe (Baroka FC-RSA), Gregory Sanjase (Zesco United), and Lameck Siame from Zanaco.
Defenders; Benedict Chepeshi, Prosper Chiluya (Red Arrows), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Simon Silwimba, Solomon Sakala (both from Zesco United), Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe-DRC), Isaac Shamujompa, and Peter Kalota both from Zanaco.
Midfielders; Enock Mwepu (Brighton and Hove Albion-England), Lubambo Musonda (AC Horsens-Denmark), Dickson Chapa, Kelvin Kampamba (both Zesco United), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Felix Bulaya (Red Arrows), Clatous Chota Chama (RS Berkane-Morocco), and Larry Bwalya from Simba SC in Tanzania.
Strikers; Fashion Sakala (Glasgow Rangers – Scotland), Patson Daka (Leicester City -England), Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Moses Phiri (Zanaco), and Evans Kangwa from Arsenal Tula.