A Zambia development team, which will draw strength from an assemblage of local talents, will take on Yemen in an international friendly, which the FAZ wants coach Dario Bonetti to use to look at more local players as he prepares for the 2012 Africa Cup qualifier against Libya and the 2010 Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The Yemen vs Zambia match will be played on 18 September in Sana.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) communications manager, Erick Mwanza, said the game against Yemen was important for the coach as it will accord him an opportunity to see as many local players as possible in international competition games.
“Over the years, we have consistently stated the FAZ’s commitment to exposing our players to the best international matches. It is the stated policy of the FAZ to give the players as much exposure as we possibly can, because it is from these international matches that we can help them prepare for competition matches and other assignments,” Mwanza said, adding that it is more important for Bonetti, having recently taken over as Chipolopolo boss.
“The game against Yemen is one of several we are lining up for the team, coach Bonetti and his technical staff to look at our league players, especially the ones that soon we will be competing in the Cosafa Challenge Cup. The match against Yemen and several others, which we will announce when we’re done with our consultations and negotiations, will help us prepare for qualifiers and regional championships and give the coaches time to work with the players as we consolidate our Chipolopolo, which is at a very high level,” Mwanza said.
A 20-man team sets up camp at the FAZ Technical Centre in Lusaka on Saturday and flies out to the Middle East early next week.
The players called to camp are goalkeepers Kalililo Kakonje and Jacob Banda, Rainford Kalaba, Billy Mwanza, Jimmy Chisenga, Lusaka Lungu, Simon Bwalya, Nyambe Mulenga, Thomas Nyirenda, Derrick Mwansa, Stephen Kabamba, Joseph Sitali, Kennedy Mudenda, Innocent Mwaba, Felix Sunzu, Kennedy Chola, Dennis Banda, Cosmas Kabaso, Moses Mulambi and Noah Sikombe Chivuta.