Mazembe quartet called for Sudan friendly

Rainford Kalaba

Four TP Mazembe Chipolopolo players have been included to feature in Zambia’s friendly against Sudan this Sunday.

The news is a big boost for coach Honour Janza who had projected to use home-based players for Chipolopolo’s debut game at its brand new home ground Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka.

Football Association of Zambia communications manager NkwetoTembwe said the quartet was expected to join the team by Thursday in Lusaka.

This means that Zambia will have its influential midfielder RainfordKalaba available for the friendly.

Kalaba returns to the team for the second time in 2014 after featuring in Chipolopolo’s 2-1 friendly win over The Uganda Cranes in a friendly at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on March 5.

He later missed Zambia’s second game of the year away to Japan on June 6 in Florida due to a club commitment with Mazembe who were in action the very next day in Sudan in 2014 CafChampions League Group A fixture against Al Hilal in Khartoum.

Kalaba will travel from Lubumbashi together with defender KabasoChongo including strikers Jonas Sakuwaha and Given Singuluma. Sakuwaha and Singuluma are set to end their long-term exiles from the Chipolopolo fold this weekend.

Singuluma returns to the team for the first time since January, 2012 when he was dropped from the final Africa Cup team that went all the way to the finals and won the Gabon and Equatorial Guinea tournament.

Sakuwaha last game was against Sudan in a Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier that finished 2-2 on June 15 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

The quartet is also part of Zambia’s 2015 Africa Cup Group F qualifier against Mozambique and Cape Verde on September 6 and 10 respectively.