A contingent of 11 Chipolopolo players and technical staff yesterday left for the United Arab Emirates for international friendly matches to be played in Dubai.

The eleven consists of the ten local players summoned and China based Evans Kangwa.

The local contingent will team up with the foreign based stars in Dubai for the October 12 international friendly match against Egypt.

Zambia will then face Uganda on October 17 in the final international friendly match of the FIFA window.

The team will be without the injured trio of Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Lameck Banda (Lecce) and Frankie Musonda (Ayr United).

Striker Fashion Sakala makes a return to the Chipolopolo set up after missing out on the final Group H Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Comoros due to suspension.

Coach Avram Grant has summoned 25 players for duty as part of preparations for the November FIFA World Cup qualifiers that will see Zambia face Congo Brazzaville and Niger.

Grant is also treating the qualifiers as a build up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations that will be played in Ivory Coast in January. 

Draws for the Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Abidjan on October 12.



Francis Mwansa (Green Buffaloes), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows), Victor Chabu (Nchanga Rangers)


Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Zephaniah Phiri (Prison Leopards), Stoppila Sunzu (Jinan Xingzhou-China), Gift Mphande (Hapoel Lishon Lezion-Israel), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Power Dynamos), Roderick Kabwe (Zakho Sports Club-Iraq), John Chishimba (Zesco United), 


Kelvin Kapumbu, Kelvin Kampamba (both Zesco United), Golden Mafwenta (MFK Vyskov-Czech), Kings Kangwa (Crzena Zvezda-Serbia), Clatous Chama (Simba SC-Tanzania), Emmanuel Banda (Rijeka-Croatia), Rally Bwalya (Sekhukhune-RSA), Lubambo Musonda (Silkeborg IF-Denamrk), Edward Chilufya (Hacken-Sweden), Fashion Sakala (Club Al Fayha-Saudi Arabia)


Francisco Mwepu (Atletico Sanluqueno-Spain), Evans Kangwa (Quingdao Hainiu-China), Patson Daka (Leicester-England), Moyela Libamba (Forest Rangers)

By ZamFoot