Andrew Sinkala has returned to the Zambia squad as they seek to revive their chances of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals when they play away in Algeria next week.
It has been more than a year since the 30-year-old last played for his country and Sinkala has not been previously involved in the qualifiers for South Africa 2010. The German-based midfielder is based at Augsburg in the second tier of German football, but was previously on the books at Bayern Munich.
He has been chosen by coach Herve Renard as a replacement for winger Rainsford Kalaba. The Sporting Braga star was cautioned in Zambia's last qualifier, a 2-0 home defeat by Algeria that severely dented the Zambians' hopes of a first-ever appearance at world football's showpiece event. It was Kalaba's second caution and he now serves a one-match suspension.
Zambia trail Algeria by three points in the Group C standings and will effectively fall out of contention if defeated. Only a win will revive their hopes as there is also the prospect that continental champions Egypt move up the standings. They also have four points while Algeria lead the group standings with seven.
Goalkeepers: Kalililo Kakonje (AmaZulu, South Africa), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa)
Defenders: Dennis Banda (Green Buffaloes), Kampamba Chintu (AmaZulu, South Africa), Hichani Himoonde (Zesco United), Emmanuel Mbola (Pyunik Yerevan, Armenia), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa)
Midfielders: Noah Chivuta (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), Felix Katongo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), William Njobvu (Hapoel Kiryat Shmone, Israel), Felix Nsunzu (unattached), Jonas Sakuwaha (Zesco United), Andrew Sinkala (Augsburg, Germany)
Forwards: James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Chris Katongo (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Emmanuel Mayuka (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel), Jacob Mulenga (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), Given Singuluma (TP Mazembe Englebert, DR Congo), Fwayo Tembo (unattached).