Zambia's Given Singuluma dropped for Nations Cup

By Kennedy GondweBBC Sport
Given Singuluma in action for Zambia
Given Singuluma will not be going to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for Zambia

TP Mazembe striker Given Singuluma has been dropped from Zambia's final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Also missing out are Thomas Nyirenda, who is still injured, and Justin Zulu, who was only called-up a few days ago.

But James Chamanga has recovered in time to make Herve Renard's selection and the Frenchman has called six Nations Cup debutants.

The most high profile is teenage sensation Evans Kangwa who plays for the Zambian club Nkana.

The 17-year-old Kangwa has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season and was top scorer in the regional Cosafa under-20 tournament last month.

"We can play against anybody. We can compete against anyone," Renard told the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) website.

Renard, who guided Zambia to the quarter-finals of Angola 2010 has set a semi-final berth as his target this time.

"As we are today, we're now getting to a state where we are better than we were in Angola," Renard added.

"You can see it in the squad and when you watch the players in action, you can see the commitment, hard work, and determination.

"We are focused, disciplined and working hard. We are in the final phase and now we have our final 23."

The Chipolopolo, who are currently training in South Africa, will start their campaign on 21 January against Senegal in the Equatorial Guinean city of Bata before taking on Libya and the co-hosts.

Zambian squad:

Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kalililo Kakonje (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)

Defenders: Francis Kasonde, Hichani Himonde, Stopilla Sunzu (all TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, South Africa), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Kampamba Chintu (BidVests Wits, South Africa)

Midfielders: Nathan Sinkala (Green Buffaloes), Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe DR Congo), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars, South Africa), Isaac Chansa (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Clifford Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Chisamba Lungu (Ural Oblast, Russia), Jonas Sakuwaha (El Merreikh, Sudan), Felix Katongo (Green Buffaloes), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jienye, China)

Strikers: Evans Kangwa (Nkana), Collins Mbesuma (Golden Arrows, South Africa), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys, Switzerland) and James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China)

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