Zambians warm up against local Ghanaians

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First on the bill is Kessben FC, who the Zambians will engage today (Wednesday) at the Anane Boateng Stadium in Abrankese, 20 minutes’ drive from the Zambians’ base of Kumasi. Kessben FC are presently placed 7th in the Premier League.

The Zambians will then take on Kumasi-based King Faisal Babes, another Premier League side on Friday, just 48 hours before the tournament kicks off.

The Chipolopolo will start their African Nations Cup campaign next Tuesday, January 22 against the Nile Crocodiles of Sudan at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

They will then face defending champions Egypt and four-time champions Cameroon in their other group C games.

Zambia will play Sudan without captain Chris Katongo who is ruled out of the first game haven received two yellow cards in the Chipolopolo’s qualifying matches against DR Congo and Bafana Bafana.

Team manager Solly Pandor, however, believes that the former Jomo Cosmos striker’s play absence will not affect their chances.

“We have not built our team around any individual,” he added.

Pandor also disclosed that of some of their officials and players had lost their baggage, including the team’s jerseys.

He attributed the loss of the items to the many transit points the team made on their way to Ghana, adding that they had notified officials of the Zambian Football Association about the development.

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