Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda says new call ups can make it into his Africa Cup and World Cup squads if they work hard enough during local training camps.
And the team that has been in camp for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) preparations has broken camp and will regroup in May for the next camp.
Nyirenda told Fazfootball.com after his side dispatched Circuit Chiefs 5-1 in practice match played at Heroes stadium.
He said that some first time call ups had impressed him and singled out Nkana goalie Kelvin Malunga and Red Arrows midfielder Stanley Nshimbi respectively.
He said that Ziyo Tembo who he had called up from a local camp last year had become an integral member of the Chipolopolo squad.
“The players that we are calling are not just decorations. These are the players that we need to be exposing so that in future they give us good services,” he said.
“When I just came we called Ziyo Tembo, we have seen now that Ziyo is one of the players that we are depending on at the back. He had a very good game against Cameroun (November 12, 2016), he was a more composed defender and this is exactly what will happen with these players, they just have to give their all and the rest is up to us to see that they are doing well.”
Nyirenda is building a team for the CHAN qualifiers with the first assignment in July against Swaziland over two legs.
Meanwhile the team won the training game 5-1 with Zanaco midfielder Richard Kasonde scoring a brace while Tembo, Nkana’s Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and Red Arrows’ Stanley Nshimbi adding a goal while Circuit Chiefs got their consolation through John Zyambo.
The Zambia national team will have its first assignment on June 13, 2017 in an Africa Cup qualifier against Mozambique while they will also host Swaziland on the weekend of 14-16 July and be away in Mbabane on the weekend of July 21-23 in the CHAN qualifiers.