Daka tries on goalie Mweene gloves

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MUKWIMA CHILALA writes

DIVISION one side Romeki FC goalkeeper Lufeyo Daka has been called to the national team preparing for the 2019 COSAFA Cup to take place in South Africa later this month.

National team acting coach Aggrey Chiyangi handed the impressive division goalie a debut call up as Zambia’s search for a long term successor to 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner Kennedy Mweene heats up.

Last week Chiyangi expressed concern over Mweene’s little action at his Club Mamelodi Sundowns in the just ended season.

Zambia’s preparations for the 2019 COSAFA Cup entered the second week on Sunday with stand-in coach Chiyangi naming 24 players for a local camp.

The team regrouped on Sunday in Lusaka for another three day session.

Zambia will join the competition at the quarterfinal stage where they will clash with the winner of Group B, which includes Mozambique, 2015 winners Namibia, Malawi and Seychelles.

The Chipolopolo Boys are four-time winners of the COSAFA Cup having been to 10 finals in all.

Zambia won both of the first two editions of the COSAFA Cup in 1997 and 1998, but it took until 2006 for them to claim their third regional title.

The 2019 Cosafa Cup will be held in Durban from May 25 to June 8.

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Sebastian Mwange (Green Eagles), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Lufeyo Daka (Romeki FC)

(DEFENDERS)

Gift Zulu (Nkana), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Lawrence Chungu (Zanaco), Mwila Phiri (Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Isaac Shamujopma (Buildcon), Thandi Mwape (Kabwe Warriors)

(MIDFIELDERS)

Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Bruce Musakanya, Stanley Nshimbi, George Simbayambaya (all Red Arrows), Clement Mundia (Kabwe Warriors), Austin Muwowo Webster Muzaza (all Forest Rangers), Marvin Jere (Lusaka Dynamos), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United), Chitiya Mususu (Zanaco), Tapson Kaseba (Green Eagles), Emmanuel Chabula (Nkwazi)

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