Kalaba to lead Zambia at Nations Cup

Zambian players train
Zambian players train

Zambia coach Honour Janza has given the captain's armband to Rainford Kalaba after naming his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The softly-spoken TP Mazembe midfielder takes over from defender Stopilla Sunzu who led the team during the qualifiers.

Sunzu told the coach that he wanted to give up the captaincy in order to concentrate on his defensive duties.

Janza named eight players who took part in Chipolopolo's 2012 Nations Cup winning campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

There are three players from South Africa's Premier Soccer League - goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, Mukuka Mulenga and Davies Nkausu.

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

Goalkeepers:

Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos), Danny Munyao (Red Arrows)

Defenders:

Stoppilla Sunzu (Shanghai Shenua), Christopher Munthali (Power Dynamos), Aaron Katebe (Platinum FC, Zimbabwe), Davies Nkausu (Bloemfontein Celtic), Rodric Kabwe (Zanaco), Emmanuel Mbola (Hapoel el Ránanana, Israel), Donashano Malama (Nkana)

Midfielders:

Nathan Sinkala (Grasshoppers, Switzerland), Chisamba Lungu (Ural, Russia), Kondwani Kondwani Mtonga (Zesco United), Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe), Lubambo Musonda (Ulisses, Armenia), Mukuka Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows)

Forwards:

Ronald Kampamba (Nkana), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe), Jackson Zola Mwanza (Zesco United), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton), Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Ra'nanana)