Nations Cup 2015: Katongo overlooked for Zambia squad

Chris Katongo

Zambia coach Honor Janza has named a provisional 27-man squad for January's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

There is no place on the list for former captain Chris Katongo, who lead the side to the 2012 Nations Cup title.

He has not played for Zambia since being thrown out of the squad ahead of October's home qualifier against Niger.

The squad does include 10 players who won the 2012 Nations Cup, when it was played in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Zambia's Group B fixtures
18 Jan: v DR Congo in Ebebiyin
22 Jan: v Tunisia in Ebebiyin
26 Jan: v Cape Verde in Ebebiyin

It would have been 11 but defender Nyambe Mulenga was ruled out when he broke his leg in a bus accident on 14 December as he travelled to a national team training camp.

His place in the squad has been taken by Aaron Katebe, who plays for Platinum FC in Zimbabwe.

Janza's assistant coach, Chintu Kampamba, was also part of the victorious side two years ago.

The squad will start a training camp on 26 December in Johannesburg, before playing a friendly against South Africa on 4 January.

Zambia begin their Group B campaign on 18 January against DR Congo.

Zambia's provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Toaster Nsabata (Nchanga Rangers), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)

Defenders: Stoppila Sunzu (Sochaux, France), Bronson Chama (Red Arrows), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Aaron Katebe (Platinum, Zimbabwe), Christopher Munthali (Nkana), Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel Ra'anana, Isreal), Davies Nkausu (Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa), Rodrick Kabwe (Zanaco)

Midfielders: Nathan Sinkala (Grasshoppers, Switzerland), Chisamba Lungu (FC Ural, Russia), Mukuka Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic, South Africa), Kondwani Mtonga (North East United, India), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Lubambo Musonda (FC Ulisses, Armenia)

Forwards: Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Ronald 'Sate Sate' Kampamba (Nkana), Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Ra'anana, Isreal), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), James Chamanga (Liaoning Whowin, China)