2018 FIFA WCQ: Zambia opens training camp in Ghana ahead of the crucial Nigeria clash

2018 FIFA WCQ: Zambia opens training camp in Ghana ahead of the crucial Nigeria clash

The Zambia National Team has left For Accra Ghana where they will set up base before the game against Nigeria for the crucial World Cup qualifiers taking place in Uyo on October 7.

According to the official FAZ Football Facebook page, Coach Wedson Nyirenda travelled in the first batch that had six players and some technical staff at 06:30 hours with the second batch on the 13:00 hours South African Airways flight.

The team will leave for Uyo Nigeria on Thursday for the Group B encounter.

Foreign based players are expected to join camp in Ghana after featuring for their clubs.

Nigeria leads Group B on 10 points while Zambia is second on seven points with Cameroon on three points while Algeria is stuck at the bottom with one point.

Two regular veterans continue to be overlooked by Nyirenda in particular the TP Mazembe duo of Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala who have yet again both been snubbed.

The duo was earlier also overlooked for the September 2 and 5 Group B dates against Algeria.

Overall, Nyirenda has kept faith in the same players who served him in well in the 3-1 home and 1-0 away Group B victories over Algeria last month.

All 11 foreign-based players will link up with their 12 home-based compatriots in Accra on Sunday and Monday.

Zambia is 2nd in Group B and three points behind Nigeria on 7 and 10 points from four games played.

Third placed Cameroon and bottom of the log Algeria are out of the race on 3 and 1 point respectively.

GOALKEEPERS: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)

DEFENDERS: Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stoppilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula, Russia), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)

MIDFIELDERS: Chisamba Lungu (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Edward Chilufya (Djurgårdens, Sweden), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila (both Zesco United), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering, Austria), Emmanuel Banda (KV Oostende, Belgium), Roderick Kabwe (Ajax Cape Town ,South Africa), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)

STRIKERS: Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Brian Mwila (Platinum Stars, South Africa), Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria).

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