Zesco United will be without coach George Lwandamina for their 2016 Caf Champions League first round, final leg away match against Horoya AC in Guinea this Sunday due to his Chipolopolo commitments.
Lwandamina doubles as Zesco and Zambia head coach.
Zambia and Zesco have engagements that are just two days apart on March 23 and 20 respectively with the former hosting Congo-Brazzaville in a 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier in Ndola on that date.
“The head coach (George Lwandamina) is not traveling with the team because he is committed with the national team,” Zesco spokesperson Katebe Chengo said.
Chengo said Zesco assistant coach Tenant Chembo will be in charge of the final leg match in Conakry with Zesco leading 4-1 from the first leg played on March 12 in Ndola.
However, all four Zambia call-ups from Zesco will travel to Guinea with Chembo.
Goalkeeper Jacob Banda, defender Dauti Musekwa and midfielders Mwape Mwelwa and Cletus Chama are all part of Zesco’s 19-member team heading to Conakry on Thursday.
The team also includes midfielder Kondwani Mtonga, who will be making his competitive return to Zesco this year after a lengthy injury spell, while Nigerian left-back Ayo Oluwafemi is out due to illness.
Meanwhile, Zambia have stretched Lwandamina’s loyalties with a double-header against Congo not only on March 23 at home but away too on March 27.
Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda, Brown Nyirenda
Defenders: Ben Banh, Dauti Musekwa, David Owino, Simon Silwimba, Bernard Mapili, Emmanuel Mayuka
Midfielders: Anthony Agay, Misheck Chaila, Cletus Chama, Mwape Mwelwa, Kondawani Mtonga, Maybin Mwaba
Strikers: Jesse Were, Idriss Mbombo, Jackson Mwanza, Lazarous Kambole, John Chingandu