By CHINOYI CHIPULU
Three foreign based players among them striker Evans Kangwa have joined the Chipolopolo boys in Cameroon ahead of Thursday encounter against Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea will host Zambia in the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifier while the return match on Sunday will be at National Heroes Stadium.
Kangwa who plays for Russian side Arsenal Tula joined the team alongside midfielders Clatous Chama Moroccan outfit RS Berkane and Rally Bwalya of Tanzanian side Simba.
Kangwa missed the 2-1 win against Mauritania and 2-0 loss against Tunisia.
Bwalya was also not considered by interim coach Beston Chambeshi for the previous games.
Kangwa said in an interview after joining the team in Cameroon that Zambia have learnt lessons from the previous games and will work in order to win.
“It always feels good for a player to be called in the National team especially after a long time, I’m so excited and I’m looking forward to be with them in camp.
“Looking at the previous games that we played, I think we have learnt a lot, I think the coaches know better, at this level when you are playing away you need to look from the tactical side,” he said.
Kangwa also said that it will be motivating for the team to play before fans after a long time.
And Chama said the team will approach the first game with a winning mentality so that when they win, they will be motivated to win the second game.
“I thank the coach for giving me this opportunity to represent the country at this level and I’m looking forward to help the team and will follow the instructions from the coach.
Chama said the team will focus and try to win all the games.
“It’s important for us to win the first game so that we can have an advantage to win the second one, ”he said.
The trio have become the first foreign based players to join the team who have set base in Cameroon.
All the foreign based players will fly direct to Cameroon before finally departing for the battle zone in Equatorial Guinea.