Chambeshi to lead Zambia at the 2018 COSAFA Cup

Beston Chambeshi will be in charge of four-time winners Zambia at the 2018 COSAFA Cup that will be staged in South Africa’s Limpopo province from May 27-June 9.

The Nkana and ex-Zambia Under-20 trainer is Chipolopolo head coach Wedson Nyirenda’s assistant.

“Mr Chambeshi will be in charge of the team for the COSAFA tournament,” FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo said.

“He will be in interim charge because Wedson Nyirenda is currently away with the Zambia Under-20 team on 2019 Under-20 AFCON qualifying duty against Rwanda.”

Chambeshi will be assisted by Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba.

This will be Chambeshi’s first senior undertaking following his junior success after winning the 2016 COSAFA Under-20 Championship and the 2017 Under-20 African Youth Championships title.

Chambeshi and his provisional 30-member team will enter camp in Lusaka on May 14 for a three-day get-together.

The squad is made up of locally-based players, who will be given the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the selection that will contest the African Nations Cup qualifiers when they resume in September.

The 2017 runners-up Zambia, who enjoy a preliminary round bye in this year’s tournament, will play Namibia in the quarterfinals on June 2 at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

The winner will take on Swaziland or Lesotho in the semifinals on June 6 for a place in the June 9 final, with both those of fixtures to be at the New Peter  Mokaba Stadium.

Zambia provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows), Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Charles Muntanga (Nkwazi)

Defenders: Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), Martin Kaonga (Nakambala Leopards), Thandie Mwape (Kabwe Warriors), Ziyo Tembo, Henry Besa (both National Assembly), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Boston Muchindu (Nkana), Paul Banda (Lusaka Dynamos)

Midfielders: Jacob Ngulube (Nkana), Noel Nyirenda (Nkwazi), Kelvin Kapumbu (Lumwana Radiants), Clatous Chama, Collins Sikombe (both Lusaka Dynamos), Larry Bwalya, Kelvin Kampamba, Benson Sakala (all Power Dynamos), Jack Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Buildcon), Chrispin Sakulanda (Red Arrows), Charles Zulu (Zanaco)

Strikers: Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Peter Mwangeni (National Assembly), Martin Phiri (Zanaco), Youremember Banda, Diamond Chikwekwe (both Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Chabula (Kitwe United)

By Kalumiana Kalumiana