Zambia national team caretaker coach, Beston Chambeshi has called up a strong 24-man squad for the 2022 CAF World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea. The official announcement squashed a widespread squad that had been circulating in Zambian football circles for a whole week.

There is no space in Chambeshi’s squad for South Africa-based Augustine Mulenga, goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, Ghampani Lungu, and Nathan Sakala. Rainford Kabala, who was widely believed to be making a return, is not part of the Chipolopolo squad. Kalaba has hardly featured in the starting line-up for TP Mazembe lately. His mate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and former national team captain, Kabaso Chongo also misses out.

Zambia will set up camp in Cameroon before traveling to Equatorial Guinea for the first match of the doubleheader scheduled for the 7th of October. Chipolopolo have 3 points from two games in a group that includes Mauritania and Tunisia.

GOALKEEPERS:

Mwenya Chibwe (Baroka FC-RSA), Gregory Sanjase (Zesco United), Lameck Siame (Zanaco)

DEFENDERS:

Benedict Chepeshi, Prosper Chiluya (Red Arrows), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Simon Silwimba, Solomon Sakala (Zesco United), Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe-DRC), Isaac Shamujompa, Peter Kalota (both 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), Larry Bwalya (Simba SC-Tanzania),

STRIKERS:

Fashion Sakala (Rangers-Scotland), Patson Daka (Leicester City-England), Brian Mwila (Buildcon), Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Evans Kangwa (Arsenal Tula)