Christopher Katongo has joined Zambia’s training camp in Ndola on day one of Chipolopolo’s preparation for their March 5 friendly against The Uganda Cranes.
Katongo, who missed the first training session on Tuesday morning, arrived in Ndola at midday and took part in afternoon practice at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium where Zambia will host Uganda next Wednesday.
The Zambia captain is currently unattached and training with Faz Super League club Green Buffaloes after seeing out his three-year contract at Chinese club Henan Jianye last October.
Katongo’s arrival brings to 22 the players already in camp, all of them home-based.
However, his brother Felix Katongo of Green Buffaloes and club mate Allan Mukuka have yet to join camp.
And Coach Patrice Beaumelle is expecting his 16 foreign-based call-ups for the friendly to join camp this weekend.
Meanwhile, Beaumelle has recalled Nkana striker Evans Kangwa for the Uganda friendly.
Kangwa is a late call-up following the unavailability of his Nkana strike partner Ronald Kampamba who will miss the friendly due to Caf Champions League commitments this weekend and on March 8.
“Evans was not on our list but we have called him up after playing very well in the Charity Shield,” Beaumelle said.
Kangwa was in inspired form last Saturdays’ for Nkana in the 90 minutes he played for the 2013 champions in their 3-1 win over Red Arrows in the final with an assist and a goal.
And Zambia will on Thursday afternoon play their first training match in camp when they host Power Dynamos at Levy Stadium.