Zambia national team manager Milutin Sredojevic has explained why supporters were included in the process of selecting the preliminary squad for the upcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The ‘Fans’ Select’ initiative nominated five players out of the 31-man squad announced by Micho: Zesco United defenders Adrian Chama and Clement Mwape, Zanaco striker Roger Kola, midfielders Spencer Sautu of Power Dynamos and Harrison Chisala of Nkana FC.
The Serbian manager described the upcoming CHAN as “the kind of competition we are going to needs an injection of maturity, seniority and experience.”
“We did our own assessment, but we still left supporters to choose them and instead of us rewarding them on past experience, the players proved on the field of play what we spoke about hence we have involved them in our squad.”
Chipolopolo will warm up for the CHAN with a mini-tournament involving hosts Cameroon, Niger and Uganda from 1 to 7 January.
The CHAN finals will run from 16 January to 10 February, with Zambia placed in Group D alongside Guinea, Tanzania and Namibia.