Zambia Chipolopolo Stars will play three international friendlies in October against Malawi, South Africa and Kenya Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

International Friendly match:

  • Sunday, 26th March 2017
  • Zambia Vs Zimbabwe – National Stadium, Harare
[/media-credit] Zambian goalkeeper Keneddy Mweene (16) in action against Uganda Cranes at Namboole. He is the only foreign based player summoned on the team to face Zimbabwe in Harare on Sunday evening Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Every time Zambia takes on Zimbabwe, the clash is mouth watering as well as epic.

The two neighboring countries lock horns once again in the famous ‘Zambezi derby’ on Sunday at the Lusaka National stadium.

This will be the 45th meeting between the two sister countries since Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980.

Zambia leads the head to head statistics having claimed 16 victories whilst Zimbabwe has won 8 with the other 16 games ending in stalemates.

Last meeting:

In November 2016, the two countries faced off with the Zimbabwe Warriors edging the Chipolopolo 1-0 courtesy of defender Tennage Hadebe’s goal.

Norman Mapeza takes over as Zimbabwe care taker coach following the resignation of Callisto Pasuwa since Zimbabwe’s dismal showing at AFCON 2017.

Veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, who turns out for the reigning African champions Mamelodi Sundowns is the only foreign based player on the Zambian side.

The others are from local sides, Zanaco, Lusaka Dynamos, Napsa Stars, Nkana, Power Dynamos and Nkhwazi.

The match will be played at the National Sports Stadium at 15:00hours.

Zimbabwe Full team:

Goalkeepers: Edmore Sibanda (Caps United), Petros Mhari (FC Platinum), Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders)

Defenders: Partson Jaure (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Godknows Murwira (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Peter Muduwa (Highlanders), Qadar Amin (Ngezi Platinum Stars), Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn), Dennis Dauda (Caps United), Ocean Mushure (Dynamos)

Midfielders: Winston Mhango (FC Platinum), Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United), Devon Chafa (Caps United), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum), Raphael Manuvire (ZPC Kariba), Rodwell Chinyengetere (FC Platinum), Sipho Ndlovu (Bulawayo City)

Strikers: Donald Teguru (Ngezi Platinum), Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United), Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates), Prince Dube (Highlanders), Masimba Mambare (Dynamos), Terrence Dzukamanja (Ngezi Platinum)

Technical Team

Head Coach: Norman Mapeza

Assistant Coaches: Tonderai Ndiraya, Mandla Mpofu

Goalkeepers’ Coach: Tembo Chuma

Team Manager: Wellington Mpandare

Team Doctor: Doctor Mudariki

Physiotherapist: Tendai Moyana

Kit Manager: Tongai Mufandaedza

ZAMBIA TEAM:

Goalkeepers: Jacob Banda (Zesco United), Racha Kola (Zanaco), Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders: Taonga Bwembya (Zanaco), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United), Mweene Mumbi (Green Buffaloes), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco) , Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Billy Mutale (Power Dynamos), George Chilufya (Zanaco)

Midfielders: John Ching’andu, Kondwani Mtonga (All Zesco United), Clatous Chama (Lusaka Dyanmos), Kelvin Mubanga , Fwayo Tembo (Both Power Dynamos), Justin Banda (Napsa Stars), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco)

Strikers: Jackson Mwanza (Zesco United), Justin Shonga (Nkhwazi), Chitiya Mususu (Napsa Stars), Ronald Kampamba (Nkana)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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