Hachilensa leads Zambia


Hachilensa, now playing at IFK Mariehamn in Finland, is currently back in his native country on a long off-season break following the completion of the Veikkausliiga where his team finished sixth.

The effective central defender moved to Finland in July after helping Ea Lla Koto back into the PSL in convincing fashion from the Mvela League.

The 20-man team called by coach Patrick Phiri is pregnant with locally based players who have just come out of battling in the Zambian league.

The friendly match, which falls on a Fifa calendar date, will be played in Dar es Salaam.

Phiri insists that the decision to call locally-based players is to give local talent a chance.

The team:

Goalkeepers: Makasa Mufwaya (Roan United), Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes)

Defenders: Sekelani Mwale (Green Buffaloes), Kennedy Nkethani (Zanaco), William Chinyama (Zesco United), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), George Chilufya (Nchanga Rangers), Clive Hachilensa (IFK Mariehamn, Finland).

Midfielders: Shaft Katuka (Young Arrows), Jack Chileshe (Zanaco), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United), Ken Mwaba (Nakambala Leopards), Allan Mukuka (Mufulira Wanderers), Kennedy Mudenda (Power Dynamos), John Musukwa (Chambishi)

Strikers: Elson Mukandawire (Power Dynamos), Nephias Banda (Atletico Sport, Angola), Ignatius Lwipa (Zanaco), Ben Mwanza (Roan United).