African champion coach Herve Renard has named his final 23-man squad for the defence of the title Zambia won in February 2012. Renard did not list Chintu Kampamba, Salulani Phiri and Shadreck Malambo on the list submitted to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday. On Monday, goalkeeper Danny Munyao replaced Kalililo Kakonje on the squad after the latter picked up an injury in training.
Renard has taken the Chipolopolo through intensive training sessions and used international friendly matches against Tanzania, Angola and Morocco to select the final 23 players.
On 12th January the African Coach of the year will further assess his charges in an international friendly match against Norway at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zambia opens her title defence against Ethiopia on 21st January before taking on Nigeria on the 25th and Burkina Faso on the 29th at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Kennedy Mweene (Free States Stars, South Africa), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Daniel Munyau (Red Arrows)
Stopilla Sunzu, Hichani Himonde, Francis Kasonde (All TP
Mazembe, DR Congo), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto, Portugal)
Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala (Both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Isaac Chansa (Henan Jianye, China), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast, Russia) , Felix Katongo(Petro Atletico, Angola), Noah Chivuta (Free States Stars, South Africa) , William, Njobvu (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel)
Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England), Collins Mbesuma (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Jonas Sakuwaha (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jianye, China)