Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) general secretary Adrian Kashala has revealed that all the 13 foreign-based Chipolopolo players called to camp will arrive in the country before the team heads to Nairobi.
Kashala said on Wednesday that the 13 players, who include seven based in Europe, will join the team in time ahead of the international friendly against Kenya – the Harambee Stars – on October 13.
The Zambian national team is currently in camp with over 40 players who will be trimmed to 23 by Sunday, October 4.
“The home game against Malawi on October 8 is purely meant to assess the 40 local players who will later be trimmed to accommodate the professional players for the Kenya match,” Kashala told Zambia’s Daily Mail.
“The professionals will be in Zambia before the team leaves for Kenya,” he said.
Chipolopolo held a closed-door training session at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday.
The squad is also likely to have a close session for their next two training sessions to allow Coach Milutin Sredojevic to proper assess the players.
Kashala also mentioned that so far there are only two clubs reluctant to release their players, but could not divulge the names.
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