Bakala Invites 48 Players for Assessment Camp

Zambia: Zambia U17 Men’s National Team coach Ian Bakala has summoned 48 players for a 10-day assessment camp that will run from March 5 to 15 in Lusaka.

The camp will kickstart preparations for TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Algeria 2023, where Zambia are in Group B alongside Nigeria, Morocco and neighbours South Africa. The U17 AFCON will run from April 29 to May 19, and the four semi-finalists of the tournament will qualify for the FIFA World Cup to be played later this year.

18 out of the 48 players were part of the team that emerged victorious at the 2022 COSAFA U17 Championship in Malawi and have been joined by Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma’s son Lineker, SuperSport midfielder Milimo Nalumango and France-based striker Mutale Mutale among other new call-ups.


Shadrick Kalyati (Chainda Bombers), Hendrix Kanyangulu (Young Kafue Celtic), Elvis Lungu (Muchinga), Lukundo Sichalwe (Mbala Mid Sport), Anthony Matafwali (Nangweshi Pirates)


Manson Muyepa (North-Western province), Maina Kapalu (Western province), Mamba Simbeya (Modern Skills Academy), Siame Sekanji (Konkola Blades), Chimuka Lweendo (Atletico), Mambwe Mbulo (Modern Skills Academy), Lewis Tembo, Miyanda Malama (both Young NAPSA Stars), Gift Siame (Muchinga Blue Eagles), Matius Chibenga (Young FC MUZA), Abel Mwelwa, Taonga Mkandawire (both AMA Soccer Academy), Jonathan Kalimina, Elvis Mulenga (both Young Kafue Celtic), David Hamansenya (Shamuel Academy), Benjamin Mulenga (Sporting Lusaka), Albert Meja (Libala Dynamos Academy)


Milimo Keith Nalumango (SuperSport United-RSA), Bunonge Bunonge (Nangweshi Pirates), Paul Chibwalu (Young FC MUZA), Victor Simazuwo, Fredrick Ngululu, Joseph Liteta, Samson Malaya (all Atletico), Aaron Mbemba Phiri, Aaron Simpasa (both Young Kafue Celtic), Kelvin Phiri (Janza Soccer School), Stanley Nyamikwe (Pataaki FC)


Lineker Kagiya Mbesuma (Jomo Cosmos-RSA), Mutale Mutale (FC Metz Academy France), Busiku Hanamaila (Southern province), Joseph Ndau (Young Nkana), Chipego Nalonda (Young Nakambala FC), Kelvin Maimbo (Chibombo), January Zyambo (AMA Soccer Academy), Dabwitso Zulu (Eastern province), Zuze Anaya (Nangweshi Pirates), Elvis Lungu (Real Nakonde), Israel Simbeye (Nakonde Warriors), Webster Makungu (Stay Pure Academy), Charles Kampamba (Sate Sate Academy), Emmanuel Mwanza (Young Kafue Celtic), Marcel Zimba (Atletico)

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