CHAN 2018 Qualifiers: Zambia Chipolopolo Stars ready for South Africa battle

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Alex Ngonga is part of the Zambian team

Zambia Chipolopolo Head Coach Wedson Nyirenda recalled on form striker Alex Ngonga to the national team to beef up his striking force ahead of the match against South Africa in the CHAN 2018 qualifier.

The Power Dynamos front man who only returned to Zambia this season after a stint in Gabon where he won the league with CF Mounana is expected to be part of the national team training on Wednesday.

Ngonga has been in fine form since his return to Arthur Davies Stadium scoring three times in four games.

With prolific striker Brian Mwila out of the CHAN squad after he signed for South African side Platinum Stars, Nyirenda saw his side fail to convert numerous chances against a hapless Ethiopian side.

Dave Daka and Martin Phiri who were expected to fill into the shoes of Mwila both failed to impress and Ngonga is expected to claim a spot in the team.

The 25-year-old last played for the Chipolopolo on 29th March, 2015 when he replaced Bornwell Mwape in Zambia’s 2-0 win over Rwanda at Heroes Stadium in an international friendly match.

The Chipolopolo returned to training on Monday ahead of their trip to South Africa where they will play Bafana Bafana in the first leg of the the Kenya 2018 CHAN final round qualifier on Saturday 12th August 2017.

Zambia Squad

Goalkeepers: Allan Chibwe  (Power Dynamos), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco).

Defenders: Isaac Shamujompa  (Power Dynamos), Donashano Malama (Nkana) Simon Silwimba (Zesco), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco) Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Moses Nyondo (Nkana)

Midfielders: Godfrey Ngwenya (Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa, Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), Collins Sikombe (NAPSA), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), John Ching’andu (Zesco)

Strikers: Shonga Justin (Nkwazi), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco), Martin Phiri, Alex N’gonga (Power Dynamos), Lubinda Mundia (Red Arrows)