ZAMBIAN PLAYERS TO WATCH: DANGER MEN OF THE CHIPOLOPOLO
Rainford Kalaba Age: 30yrs Position: Attacking Midfeilder: Club:TP mazembe
Rainford is a mobile and skillful midfeilder with an Eye for Goal. Currently plying his trade at Congolese giants Tp mazembe he was one of the players that shone in the 2012 AFCON winning team. Quick and dogged player he hurts teams with his surging runs from the middle. Has 10 goals for his country
Fwayo Tembo Age: 27 years position:Striker Club:Power dynamos.
Powerful Forward Tembo is one of those strikers defenders dread. Dogged and Relentless.Never stops chasing and good in the air. Not the most prolific in the National team but he is good at bringing his faster team mates into play with his strength.
Collins Mbesuma: Age 32 Position: Striker Club:Mpumulanga Black aces
Veteran Striker Mbesuma is a Legend in his home country. Strong and deadly with both feet, Collins Mbesuma in the PSL league in south Africa needs no introduction. He has terrorised many a defences in the ABSA Premier league with his direct football and never say die spirit. He may have lost a bit of his speed over the years but the Nigerian defences will do well to keep him quiet. As he is not a wasteful striker.
Stoppila Sunzu Age:27 Position:Central Defender Club: LOSC Lille
S.Sunzu is a towering defender in his 10th year in the National team set up. Stoppilla was one of the leading members of the Afcon Nations Cup win in 2012. Strong in the tackle and good game reader. Known for his strong presence at Corner kicks offensively, he has bagged 4 goals for his country from set pieces.
Rodgers Kola Age:27 position: Winger Club:Hapoel Ra’nana
Tricky and Quick Kola is one of the new faces in the chipolopolo. Already with 3 goals for his country, Kola is a team player and adept with Give and goes around the opponents Box. Loves a good long range strike and Good in the air.
ISAAC CHANSA Age:23 Position: Midfeilder Club: Northeast United Fc
Another one of the AFCON 2012 heroes. Chansa is a combative midfeilder not afraid to get stuck in. He is at his best in the Big games and they don’t come any bigger in the continent than Nigeria. He has just the one goal to his name for his country, but his overall workrate and commitment on the pitch makes him a favorite. Mikel and co will do well to expect a fight from this man
other notables are: Patrick Ngoma, Clifford Mulenga, Kabaso Chongo, Joseph Musonda, Nathan Sinkala.
The super eagles are well drilled team and have seen it all in the continent. They are not the best of travellers but with the wiley tactics of Coach Rohr, fans will expect the eagles to be tactically disciplined and play with the experience and class of Top level players they are. Pick their moments well and most especially take their chances.