Christopher Katongo

Katongo fears Zim challenge

Fungai Muderere
ZAMBIA senior national soccer team defender Christopher Munthali has singled out Zimbabwe as their biggest threat at CHAN 2016 to be staged in Rwanda from 16 January to 7 February.

The Warriors and Chipololopo were drawn together in Group D. The group also comprises Uganda and Mali.

In a recent interview with Supersport, Munthali said the neighbourly rivalry with Zimbabwe makes the game tough since both teams play a similar brand of football but still conceded that his team was better.

“I think Zimbabwe will give us problems because we have met several times and we play almost the same kind of football, but I think we are better than them,” Munthali said.

The two teams will meet in a trans-Zambezi Group D derby in their opening fixture at the tournament on 19 January.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s 2012 winning AFCON skipper Christopher Katongo received a surprise call-up to the Zambian squad together with Isaac Chansa, who will captain Zambia at this year’s Chan tournament.

Warriors coach  Kallisto Pasuwa who has 32 players in camp got rid of aging players with gritty midfielder Danny “Deco” Phiri and Hardlife Zvirekwi being the only two players that did duty in the last edition of Chan contest which was held in South Africa.

A couple of   national Under 23 players that include combative Chicken Inn defender Lawrence Mhlanga, red-hot Knox “Mjomani “ Mutizwa, Blessing Moyo, FC Platinum’s new signing Nqobizitha Masuku , Teenage Hadebe and goalkeeper Donovan Bernard are in the team.

The squad was headlined by several stars who were selected among the Soccer Stars of the Year.

Caps United defender Stephen Makatuka, Dynamos defenders Ocean Mushure and Elisha Muroiwa are also in the team so is Premier Soccer League goalkeeper of the Year Elvis Chipezeze.

Elvis Chipezeze (Chicken Inn FC), Tatenda Mukuruva (Dynamos FC), Takabva Mawaya (Hwange Colliery FC), Donovan Bernard (How Mine FC) Stephen Makatuka (CAPS United FC), Blessing Moyo (Dynamos FC), Bruce Kangwa (Highlanders FC), Ocean Mushure (Dynamos FC), Elisha Muroiwa (Dynamos FC), Teenage Hadebe (Highlanders FC), Lawrence Mhlanga (Chicken Inn FC), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United FC) Farai Madhananga (Flame lily FC)