Asanovic Names 23 Bullets for Local Camp, James Chamanga Returns

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Chipolopolo coach Aljosa Asanovic has named 23 players for a local camp ahead of the Ivory Coast 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group H match against the Elephants on June 3.

Asanovic has romped in 42-year-old James Chamanga who will also be part of the backroom staff to mentor young players.

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner helped Red Arrows to their first title since 2004.

In an interview with the FAZ media, Asanovic says the local camp is a last-minute check up on prospective inclusions for the final squad that will head to West Africa for an international camp preceding the June 3 AFCON encounter.

“Our preparations are on course for the game against Ivory Coast on June 3. We start with the local camp where we are looking at the local players and in touch with foreign players whose leagues are still active,” Asanovic said.

“We know that local players also have a clogged calendar ahead with the CHAN and Cosafa that are coming up. Most importantly, the best of the local players will go with us to Ivory Coast and be part of the June 7 home match against Comoros Islands.”

Asanovic says he was also hoping that Chamanga’s presence will help the young players appreciate the rigours of professional football.

“The guy is a top professional, one who many young players can learn from. He will be with us to help show young players the way,” he said.

The local camp kicks off on Tuesday with foreign based players joining at different stages in line with the conclusion of their various leagues.

The Chipolopolo will not be heading to Doha given the unavailability of the bulk of the players the coach needs for the Ivory Coast assignment.

FULL LOCAL SQUAD
(GOALKEEPERS)
Gregory Sanjase (Zesco United), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos)

(DEFENDERS)
Prosper Chiluya, Benedict Chepeshi, Allan Kapila (all Red Arrows), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Miguel Chaiwa (Athletic), Peter Chikola (Kafue Celtic)

(MIDFIELDERS)
Kelvin Kapumbu (Zanaco), Sadam Phiri (Red Arrows, Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Patrick Gondwe (Nkana), Kelvin Kampamba, Spencer Sautu (both Zesco United)

(STRIKERS)
Albert Kangwanda (Kafue Celtic), Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars), Ricky Banda, James Chamanga (Red Arrows), Enock Sakala junior (Zesco United), Moses Phiri (Zanaco)

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