2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Champions Zambia name final 23-man

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Jan 9th, 2013
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Zambia players hold the trophy of the African Cup of Nations after their final soccer match against Ivory Coast at Stade de L'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Zambia players hold the trophy of the African Cup of Nations after their final soccer match against Ivory Coast at Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Zambia have retained 19 of the players that won the Africa Cup of Nations last year in their squad to defend their title in South Africa.

Veteran defender Chintu Kampamba, who has been without a club since June, was left out of the final 23-man squad.

French coach Herve Renard named his final squad after Zambia drew 0-0 with fellow finalists Morocco in a friendly in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

That result halted a three-match losing streak for Chipolopolo.

“Doing the preparations, we can see the players are not 100 percent yet,” Renard said.

“It’s my fourth Africa Cup. We’ll do our best. We’re not Ivory Coast, we’re not Ghana.

“Why do you think we come to the Africa Cup? To drop out in the first round?

“There are 13 days till our first game. We are better than three days ago and we will be better in three days.”

Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi was happy for the practice against the continental champions.

“For Morocco, playing against the African champions was psychologically very important,” he said.

“It gives players confidence.”
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund

South Africa coach Gordon Igesund was disappointed with the loss to Norway

“Morocco didn’t qualify in 2010. In 2012 we fell out in the first round. This time we’d like to reach the quarter-finals.”

The holders continue their preparations with a game against Norway in Ndola on Saturday and a final friendly against Namibia in Nelspruit next week.

They open the defence of their title with a Group C match against Ethiopia in Nelspruit on 21 January, before facing Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile Nations Cup hosts South Africa lost their latest warm-up game 1-0 to a youthful Norway team in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Norway, with a team of inexperienced home-based players, scored the only goal from captain Tarik Elyounoussi four minutes before half-time.

The result will also leave the home public sceptical about the team’s chances at the 16-team tournament, which South Africa kick off against Cape Verde in Johannesburg on 19 January.

“I’m disappointed we lost the game, but we created a lot of good chances. We have to work now on using the possession better and not over-elaborating so much on the ball,” South Africa coach Gordon Igesund said.

South Africa conclude their preparations against fellow finalists Algeria in Soweto on Saturday.

Zambia squad:

Goalkeeper: Daniel Munyau (Red Arrows), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)

Defenders: Hichani Himoonde, Francis Kasonde (both TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Emmanuel Mbola (FC Porto, Portugal), Joseph Musonda (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Stopilla Sunzu (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)

Midfielders: Isaac Chansa (Henan Construction, China), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars, South Africa), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Christopher Katongo (Henan Construction, China), Felix Katongo (Petro Atletico, Angola), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), William Njobvu (Hapoel Beer Sheva, Israel), Nathan Sinkala (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)

Forwards: James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England) Collins Mbesuma (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Jacob Mulenga (FC Utrecht, Holland), Jonas Sakuwaha (Al Merreikh, Sudan)

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