Copper Queens Coach Bruce Mwape has dropped seven players as preparations for crucial Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games final round qualifiers against Cameroon intensify.
Mwape has trimmed the number of local guns in camp to 24 as Zambia gears up for the indomitable lionesses challenge.
In an interview after the morning training session at Edwin Imboela Stadium, assistant coach Beauty Mwamba said the technical bench had summoned Red Arrows defender Fikile Khosa as part of the re-enforcement of the squad.
Mwamba said Cameroon posed a formidable challenge but the team would prepare well for the two-legged encounter.
“Cameroon are a strong side, it will not be an easy game. We are doing our best and we hope our best will be good enough,” she said.
Mwamba named the dropped players as Ochumba Oseke (Red Arrows), Tricia Mutale (Nkana), Melody Mulosa (Police Doves) and Happy Pinto (Zesco).
The duo of Agness Musesa and Amira Njobvu of Green Buffaloes and Green Eagles respectively have been released due to injuries.
Mwamba said foreign based players will complete the set up with Misozi Zulu already in the country and training with the team while Barbara Banda who plies her trade in China with Shanghai will jet in on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Zambia will be away to Cameroon on March 5 before hosting the indomitable lionesses on March 10.
Winner over two legs will qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games while the losing team will face Chile in a play-off that will offer the final opportunity for qualification.