FIFA World Cup:Key Players Injured as Grant Summons Squad

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~ Chipolopolo’s double fixtures

~ Lameck Banda sidelined

~ Zambia’s Group E position

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Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant has recently announced a 27-member provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Morocco and Tanzania. The squad features a blend of seasoned players and promising youngsters, reflecting Grant’s strategic approach to team selection.

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Double Fixtures for the Chipolopolo

The team is set to face off against Morocco in Agadir on June 7 before returning to host Tanzania at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium four days later. These crucial back-to-back matches will play a significant role in determining Zambia’s fate in Group E of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Lameck Banda sidelined

However, the squad will be without the services of Italy-based Lameck Banda, who represents Lecce, as he is currently sidelined due to injury following surgery. Similarly, Clatous Chama will also miss out after sustaining an injury, further highlighting the challenges faced by the team in terms of player availability.

Grant’s squad selection process, which includes a mix of experienced campaigners and up-and-coming talents, underscores his emphasis on balance and versatility within the team. The provisional squad will undergo further evaluations and may be trimmed down as they prepare for the upcoming fixtures.

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To enhance team cohesion and readiness for the crucial qualifiers, the squad is scheduled to convene for an international camp ahead of the matches. This intensive training camp will provide the players with valuable opportunities to fine-tune their skills, develop tactical strategies, and build camaraderie.

Second on the Group E log

As Zambia currently occupies the second spot in Group E, level on points with leaders Morocco but with an inferior goal difference, these upcoming matches present a significant opportunity for Chipolopolo to solidify their position in the standings. With Niger closely trailing behind in third place, the importance of securing positive results in the upcoming fixtures cannot be overstated.

Zambia Summoned squad

Goalkeepers: Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Victor Chabu (Nchanga Rangers), Toaster Nsabata (Zesco United).

Defenders; Tandi Mwape (Zesco United), Kabaso Chongo, Killian Kanguluma (both Kabwe Warriors), Stopilla Sunzu (Cangzhou Lions-China), Gift Mphande (Hapoel Rishon LeZion-Israel), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Frankie Musonda (AYR United-Scotland).

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Midfielders; Benson Sakala (FK Mlada Boleslav-Czech), Miguel Chaiwa (FC Schaffhausen-Switzerland), Obino Chisala (Costa Do Sol-Mozambique), Lubambo Musonda (Silkeborg IF-Denmark), Abraham Siankombo, Kelvin Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Emmanuel Banda (Rijeka-Croatia), Kings Kangwa (Club Kortrijk-Belgiun), Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos), Kelvin Kampamba (Al Nasr Benghazi-Libya), Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United-South Africa).

Strikers; Patson Daka (Leicester City-England), Evans Kangwa (Shanghai Shenhua-China), Kingston Mutandwa (Cagliari-Italy), Edward Chilufya (Midtjlland-Denmark), Kennedy Musonda (Young Africans-Tanzania).

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