Zambia have handed recalls to former captain Misheck Lungu and long-forgotten defender Edwin Phiri for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier in Egypt at the end of the month. The national team's French-born coach Herve Renard has named a preliminary squad for the Group C match in Cairo on 29 March.
Lungu last played for Zambia in 2005 when Senegal beat Zambia 1-0 away in Chililabombwe in a Germany 2006 qualifier. Phiri played two matches in the same campaign and is now with Swedish club Ljungskile while Lungu plays for Budapest-Honved in Hungary.
Renard has named 19 foreign-based players in the squad, but dropped former African Young Player of the Year Clifford Mulenga, who made a splash for Zambia at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. There are also eight players from the side of locally-based player who finished third at the CAF African Nations Championship in Côte d'Ivoire this month.
Goalkeepers: Kalililo Kakonje (AmaZulu, South Africa), Davy Kaumbwa (Green Buffaloes), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa),
Defenders: Hichani Himonde (Zesco United), Chintu Kampamba (AmaZulu, South Africa), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), Emmanuel Mbola (Mining Rangers), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Edwin Phiri (Ljungskile SK, Sweden), Elijah Tana (Recreativo Caala, Angola)
Midfielders: Henry Banda (Zanaco), Isaac Chansa (IFK Helsingborg, Sweden), Noah Chivuta (SuperSport United, South Africa), Rainford Kalaba (Gil Vicente, Portugal), Felix Katongo (Chateauroux, France), Misheck Lungu (Budapest-Honved, Hungary), William Njobvu (Lusaka Dynamos), Felix Sunzu Chateauroux, France)
Strikers: James Chamanga (Dalian Hai Chang, China), Chris Katongo (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Francis Kombe (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Ignatius Lwipa (Zanaco), Emmanuel Mayuka (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel), Collins Mbesuma (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (Chateauroux, France), Jonas Sakuwaha (Zesco United), Given Singuluma (Zanaco), Fwayo Tembo (Etoile Sahel, Tunisia)