Mbesuma, other pros join team ahead of Egypt friendly

Striker Collins Mbesuma and five other foreign-based stars have joined the national team ahead of Sunday’s international friendly against Egypt, who will be led by Italy-based midfielder Mohammed Salah.
Mbesuma, goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and France-based defender Stopilla Sunzu joined the team in the afternoon yesterday.
Mbesuma has netted five goals for South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces this season.
Russia-based midfielder Chisamba Lungu arrived on Monday evening and was part of yesterday’s training session at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
The TP Mazembe duo of Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala were expected last evening.
Armenia-based midfielder Lubambo Musonda will link up with the squad in Dubai.
Coach George Lwandamina said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Power Dynamos players have been excused from the Egypt friendly but will be part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad.
Power, who contributed Christopher Munthali, Benson Sakala, Kennedy Mudenda and Patson Daka to the Chipolopolo, face Zesco United today in a Super Division Week 27 match in Ndola.
Lwandamina said the technical bench will devise a strategy that will deal with the issue of clubs holding on to their players called for national duty.
Meanwhile, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has summoned six foreign-based players.
Salah, who features for AS Roma, had a stint at English champions Chelsea and Italian side Fiorentina.
According to the Ahram Online, the Argentine has also summoned defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafy of Ahly in Saudi Arabia, midfielders
Mohamed Elneny of Swiss side FC Basel, Belgium-based Mahmoud Trezeguet of Anderlecht and striker Ahmed Hassan Koka of Rio Ave in Portugal.
Cuper has also handed a first call-up to midfielder Amr Warda of Greek side Panetolikos.
The team:
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Zamalek), Ali Lotfy (Enppi), Mahdy Soliman (Smouha)
Defenders: Saad Samir, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabri Rahil, Bassem Ali (All Al Ahly), Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahly-Saudi Arabia)
Midfielders: Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Kahraba, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Basel, Switzerland), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Anderlecht, Belgium), Amr Warda (Panetolikos, Greece)
Strikers: Amr Gamal, (Al Ahly), Bassem Morsi, Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Zamalek), Mohamed Salah (Roma-Italy) and Ahmed Hassan Koka (Rio Ave-Portugal).

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