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Zambia arrive in Saudi Arabia

December 3, 2012

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The Zambia national soccer team has arrived safely in Dammam City for Wednesday’s international match against Saudi Arabia.

The team only managd to leave for Saudi Arabia yesterday after their departure was postponed several times.

The Zambian team flew directly to Dammam City after a brief stop-over in Dubai.

Zambia faces strong opposition against a team which held Argentina at home last month but coach Herve Renard will be looking for some inspiration from Russia based midfielder Chisamba Lungu, much talked about Mukuka Mulenga and captain of the side and veteran defender Chintu Kampamba who are almost assured of places in the AFCON 2013 provisional team to be named by the Frenchman on return.

Influential Nkana striker misses out as he is still in Switzerland while enterprising Red Arrows midfielder and former Porto trialist Bruce Musakanya is with the Zambia defence forces team which is playing in Ivory coast.

The second string Chipolopolo will look to carry maximum points as the match has been accorded full international friendly status and weigh in n this month’s FIFA rankings.

The full team which travelled;

Goalkeepers:

Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos) and Luciano Pasquini (ISM Academy, Italy).

Defenders:

Chishimba Changala (Nkwazi), Jimmy Chisenga (Red Arrows), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Aaron Katebe (Hange United, Zimbabwe), Chintu Kampamba (unattached)

Midfielders:

Thomas Nyirenda (Power Dynamos), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Joseph Sitali (Power Dynamos), Rodrick Kabwe (Kabwe Warriors), Chisamba Lungu (Ural, Russia), Lubambo Musonda (National Assembly)

Strikers:

Evans Kangwa (Nkana), Lewis Macha (Zanaco), Moses Phiri (Zanaco) and Alex Ngonga (Nchanga Rangers).


43 Comments on "Zambia arrive in Saudi Arabia"

  1. Jojo on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:06 pm 

    The players who were dropped were Kalililo Kakonje, Kennedy Mudenda and Kangwa Chileshe, The game will against Saudi Arabia will be played on Wednesday 16:00hrs Zambian time.

  2. kk 11 on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:10 pm 

    Who’s Hot

    Jacob Mulenga
    FC Utrecht roared back to life after a three-match winless streak in which the Dutch club managed only one point.

    Mulenga was on target with the winning goal on Sunday evening in sixth placed Utrecht’s 2-1 home win over 12th positioned AZ.

    The goal was Mulenga’s sixth of the season from 13 Eredivisie games he has so far played.

    Who’s Cold

    William Njobvu
    It is now exactly a month since the Zambia midfielder last took to the field for Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva as he continues to warm the bench at his club.

    Njobvu was again on the bench on Saturday in 10th placed Be’er Sheva’s 1-0 home win over number six side Bnei Yehuda.

    His last game was three league games ago in a scoreless home draw against Ashdod on November 3.

    Rodgers Kola
    The Zambia striker failed to make the KAA Gent side that drew 1-1 away to OH Leuven on Saturday after three successive subdued games since his return from a three-month ban for bad sportsmanship.

    Emmanuel Mayuka
    These are worrying times for the 2012 Africa Cup golden boot winner who has now sat out five successive English Premiership games for Southampton after watching from the dugout his team lose 1-0 away to Liverpool on Saturday.

    The strikers’ last game for Southampton was on November 5 in a 2-0 away defeat to West Brom

  3. LAWZ MAN on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:18 pm 

    what about Joseph sitali i cant see his name

  4. john on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:22 pm 

    The whole world is wondering why mayuka is not playing

  5. Sibs on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:24 pm 

    Felix Katongo, William Njovu continue to make the team despite their dip in form.

  6. Neutral on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:26 pm 

    Worrisome moments in Saudi Arabia but drawing against Argentina may just inspire Zambia to do better. I would have loved Sate Sate to be part of the team. On the other hand, I dont think my favourite Mukuka is better than Rodrick Kabwe though I last watched him against Angola. If hes still enterprising then hes the reason y Mudenda was dropped coz they play the same football. The difference is that Kabwe is a fighter and provider while Mudenda is a receiver and provider. May those who hatched the two recently update me so that my analysis is not outdated!

  7. Sibs on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 9:38 pm 

    @Jojo. Even Federico Machenda is playing for Man Utd U21. I think this game will give Mayuka some needed fitness.

  8. Paulsn on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 10:10 pm 

    Saints U21s: Cropper, Young, Stephens, Turnbull, Targett, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Chambers, Mayuka, Lee, Hoskins. Subs: Johns, Curtis, Moore, Sinclair, Forte

    Man Utd U21s: Johnstone, Vermijl, McGinty, Thorpe, Fornasier, Tunnicliffe, Cole, Henriquez, Macheda, Petrucci, Lingard. Subs: Pereira, Veseli, Lawrence, Bebe, Ekangamene

  9. Seen from afar on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 10:13 pm 

    Guys, tell everyone you know, your chance to vote on the BBC sports for BBC footballer of the Year if you have not done so already. Go Chris Katongo!

    Good luck to the team tomorrow. I think they will have to hang tough and look to link up well.

    Don’t worry about Mayuka, he will be fine.

  10. smm soJC on Mon, 3rd Dec 2012 11:23 pm 

    mayuka … it is well with our son … GOD Bless the Republic Go … Zambia GO …

  11. Mumbi on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 6:13 am 

    How did Mayuka performed against u-21 Man utd? About Saud game is it Argentina B or C team they held?

  12. chishimba chishimbah on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 7:17 am 

    yesterday mayuka played 90 min for Southampton under 21 side and they drew with Manchester united 1:1.

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  14. Brian Bravo on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 9:28 am 

    Off the topic….Guys just asking-is there any relationship between Reynold “sate sate” Kampamba and Gift Kampamba “former international”..?

  15. Paulsn on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 9:57 am 

    @ Mumbi below is the lineup. Its up to you to tell if it was against Argentina B or C. By the way F. Rijkaard is the Saudi coach.

    Argentina
    S. Romero
    F. Coloccini
    P. Zabaleta
    F. Fernández
    M. Rojo
    J. Mascherano
    A. di María
    A. Costa
    E. Salvio
    L. Messi
    S. Agüero
    Coach: A. Sabella

  16. Buch on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:06 am 

    ati Brian Bravo y r u asking? is it because they are both living in KTW? I for1 would have thought Chintu was more related to Sate-sate because they r currently playing good football! just thinking loudly!

  17. Jojo on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:17 am 

    @Brian Bravo. There is no relationship between the 2.

  18. Big Steve 4rm SA on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:25 am 

    Im not too sure about the level of quality we have taken to Saudi Arabia. Feels more like we are going in for a ZPL game and not a FIFA sanctioned friendly that will affect our ranking. Yes it is good to expose the fringe players but I also think it is a danger to their confidence to over do it. The guys who are in Zambia on break like Chris and Isaaac should also have been there as backup if the youngsters start to fold under the pressure of a high profile internal friendly. Even Clifford could have been afforded a chance to redeem himself here. Yes the youngsters also need a run but if they fold here it will be a dent in their confidence when it comes to national duty for Zambia in the future.

    Myuak’s situation is getting worse. Now he is an unused sub and the two times he has been given full games he has not scored. Things are certainly not looking good for him and the coach will use this to justify his constant exclusion from the starting line up.

  19. Brian Bravo on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:47 am 

    Thanx Jojo…@ Bush,there is a certain radio sports reporter who wanted to confuse me.@ Big Steve am also worried with the quality of the team especially with the difference i just cant see a natural left back,Jimmy is a right back,while Aaron,Chintu,chishimba are central defenders whilst saulani is a bench warmer at Zanaco coz Mwewa Sakala,Ziyo Tembo,Kunda Mushota and Micheal Bwalya form the Zanaco defence…i propose Powers Lawrence Chungu or arrows Alex Sichone there young and good left backs.

  20. Kasama boy on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:57 am 

    Its good someone asked because I was always convinced that Sate sate is Gift Kampamba’s young brother. Though I am not sure.

  21. Mumbi on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 11:28 am 

    @ Poulsn, thanx i think our B-zambia should work extra hard 4 that strong side

  22. Big Steve 4rm SA on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 11:47 am 

    As African champions we shouldn’t be setting ourselves up for failure. This team could not even beat Bafunny Bafunny. This is a FIFA sanctioned friendly, we should have taken it more seriously than this just like we took the Mandela sheild seriously. we need to protect the reputation we have built by continuing with winning ways and not taking such opportunities lightly. There are a lot of senior players on recess at the moment. The junior guys should be slowly blended in and not just thrown into the deep-end like this. I dont agree with the approach to this game. Yes the youngsters need to get a run and feel of international games but not all at once at a FIFA sanctioned friendly.

  23. Billy on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 12:18 pm 

    @Paulsn, the Argentine squad you posted ia actually the first team, A side. Most of the big names are there. You know Argentina has many good players. They can even make 4-5 national teams.

  24. Billy on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 12:28 pm 

    @Big Steve, I totally agree with you. Chris, Chansa, Chamanga and the Tout Puissant Mazembe crew of players should have gone to Saudi Arabia as well to hard strength to the chipolopolo team. Saudi Arabia is a very good and strong team. I hope we wont be embarassed there by being walloped by a cricket score-line. Its time we took upon every game with the seriousness it deserves.
    Like Big Steve said, as African champions, we should not set ourselves for failure but protect the status or repution of champions by becoming better and better. I hope the chipolopolo boys do well tomorrow.

  25. Billy on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 12:30 pm 

    Correction.. Reputation of being champions …

  26. MAN.U, T.P.MAZEMBE, NKANA & ZAMBIA on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 12:51 pm 

    @ paulsen thanks for the lineup and the loud mouth were quick to condemn the soudi trip. if anything even the A team would have benefitted from this trip this will be a good test for the young ones. so sakuwaha is joining TP mazembe.we are definately retaining tha AFCON but guys lets now focus on going to europe.we thank TP for giving our players an oprtunity but now we should focus on europe.

  27. Patrick Mwanza on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 1:21 pm 

    Iam wishing our developmental team all the best in to morrows game.

  28. DRAMACONTINUES on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 1:33 pm 

    I voted for chris 3 times one using sms and two using 2 different computers.

  29. Vinkubala on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 2:10 pm 

    I’m still puzzled by the exclusion of Stanley Nshimbi. He has been doing well of late.

  30. Umuzedian on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 3:41 pm 

    KK11 thanx for that round.up!
    Vinkubala Nshimbi impressed me too,think he deserved a call up,George Chilufya of Nchanga too.

  31. MAN.U, T.P.MAZEMBE, NKANA & ZAMBIA on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 4:29 pm 

    too much talent pa zed, what about that boy called baloteli with a funny hair cut from lime hotspurs or that jersy 21 from red arows so no wonder some players were left out. AFCON is a birth right for chipolopolo.

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  33. Soccerguru on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 6:05 pm 

    John my brother…any news on Fwayo?? Maybe he can force his way into Renards plans at the 11th hour

  34. Billy on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:15 pm 

    @Soccerguru, lol. I like that. Is it a mockery or what?

  35. smm soJC on Tue, 4th Dec 2012 10:26 pm 

    Let the young/’B’ team go and proudly represent Zambia, such games help upcoming stars like Mukuka Mulenga to gain confidence and ‘authority’ on the pitch … the players are the cream of the ZPL and why should they not represent Zambia … supose they win? and if they lose? its called football … planning ahead … lets see the positive .. for Mayuka, all is well … when he moved from Isreal as a hot striker to join YB in Swizerland, he was on the Bench then super sub til not too long before leaving YB, became the top man … he shall pull thru … it is not just about scoring but about the impact on the pitch like he has done in at least the three games he has played so far … the two full games he has played so far were with players he rarely teams u with … it shall be well

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  38. Ife on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 9:37 am 

    Ha..ha..ha..ha (laughing on top of transformer) so ur best player (katongo) is playing at common angola? Chi..ha..chi..ha (mode of laughing changed to chinese) and u people are comparing urself wit almighty nigeria? Wake up dudes no ghost we help u dis time cause d almighty eagles is back on d continent, and am betting wit u dat u we be defeated by nigeria notin less dan 5-0 wit ahmed musa, victor moses, ik uche, emmanuel emuneke,onazi,shola amoebi.obafemi martins e.t.c few to be mention and dey are just strikers talkless of our midfield,defence,and goal keeper, shai!!!, and even if u are to get out of d group stage (if bokinabes and ethiopia dat defeat ur king sudan didn’t kick ur ass) u we den face another super ivory coast in which u won’t be lucky wit dem dis time around, do u remember (chelsea fc of england) dey won d cup by luck and now dey weren’t even sure of getting out of group stage talkless of defending d cup.

  39. Kabwata Dallas Kanjombe on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 9:51 am 

    Ife, Nigeria wont even reach quarters, over rated, over talkative.

  40. All zambian players are bench warmers on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 10:59 am 

    Hahahaha @kabwata dats impossible (i just like u are saying zambia we beat sudan and uganda at home which is impossible)

  41. All zambian players are bench warmers on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 11:00 am 

    Hahahaha @kabwata dats impossible (is just like u are saying zambia we beat sudan and uganda at home which is impossible)

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  43. Chidi on Wed, 5th Dec 2012 11:01 pm 

    so what are the excuses now? Nigeria thrashed Argentina by 4 goals to 1 and Venezuela by 3 solid goals to 1,using our “B” team! how come the African champions flopped so badly???