Phiri has named six South Africa based players in his squad. Zambia is in Group C of the 26th Africa Cup of Nations alongside Cameroon, Egypt and Sudan.
Phiri said he was confident that the players in the final team would live up to expectations, adding that the Chipolopolo Boys’ camp in Spain would be helpful in blending the team together.
The squad named is:
Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars) and Kalililo Kakonje (AmaZulu)
Defenders: William Chinyama, Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos) Kennedy Nketani (Zanaco), Chintu Kampamba (Free State Stars), Elijah Tana (El-Mereikh, Sudan), Moses Sichone (Kickers Offenbach, Germany), Clive Hachilensa (IFK Manriehamn), Joseph Musonda and Billy Mwanza (Golden Arrows).
Midfielders: Ian Bakala, Felix Katongo (Premiero de Agosto), William Njobvu (Lusaka Dynamos), Clifford Mulenga (Pretoria University), Andrew Sinkala (Paderborn 07, Germany), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United) and Isaac Chansa (Helsingborg IF, Sweden).
Strikers: Collins Mbesuma (Bursaspor, Turkey), Adubelo Phiri (Desportivo Premeiro Agosto), Jacob Mulenga (Strausbourg Racing, France), James Chamanga (Moroka Swallows), Emmaunel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors) and Christopher Katongo (Brondby IF, Denmark).