Zambian trio named in Orlando team

Written by on August 8, 2019

Mukwima Chilala writes

ZAMBIA’s envoys in the CAF Champions league preliminaries Green Eagles’ opponents, Orlando Pirates, have named three Zambian stars in their travelling party for their continental assignment set for Nkoloma stadium this Saturday.

The Chipolopolo trio, consisting Augustine Mulenga, Austin Muwowo and Justin Shonga, have been named in the squad which is traveling to Lusaka for the game against Eagle.

According to the Pirates itinerary, the Soweto based soccer giant are set to land at the Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda international Airport aboard a SAA flight today (Thursday) around 15: 10 hours.

The Buccaneers have named a strong squad that also included star midfielder, Thembinkosi Lorchi, who was instrumental in the team’s outstanding run last season which saw it miss out on the coveted league trophy by a whisker on the last day of the season.

Coach Milutini Micho Sredojevic has also named Happy Jele and Wayne Sandilands who are the longest and only surviving members of the Pirates side that last travelled to Zambia to play Zanaco at the same venue in the 2013 edition of the Champions league.

Zambia’s Augustine Mulenga could be on the spotlight ahead of the weekend’s encounter having so far been one of the standout performers for the Buccaneers after scoring 2 goals in key games.

Mulenga opened the scores in the Soweto derby in the Carling Black Label Cup and then followed it with another goal in the opening match of the season against Bloemfontein Celtic last Saturday.

Former Forest Rangers and Nkana striker Austin Muwowo who is yet to play his debut game, was left out of the squad which played against Celtic but coach Micho Sredojevic has shown faith in the new signing by including him in the squad.

Zambia National soccer team in form striker Justin Shonga who is yet to find the back of the net for his side in the last two games this season has also been included in the travelling party.

Orlando Pirates will face Green Eagles on Saturday, 10 August before hosting them in the return leg on August 23.

The match will be played at Nkoloma stadium, Lusaka. The full team is as follows:

Joris Delle, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Wayne Sandilands.

Asavela Mbekile, Happy Jele, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Bongani Sam, Innocent Maela, Alfred Ndengane, Mthokozisi Dube, Paseka Mako.

Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Vincent Pule, Luvuyo Memela, Abel Mabaso, Musa Nyatama, Fortune Makaringe, Kabelo Dlamini, Xola Mlambo, Tebogo Tlolane.

Gabadinho Mhango, Justin Shonga, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Augustine Mulenga, Zakhele Lepasa, Austin Muwowo.

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