HUMIDITY and some drizzles yesterday greeted the Zambia soccer squad on arrival in South Korea for Wednesday's high-profile international friendly match.
The six-man squad jetted into Seoul around 14:30 hours local time (07:30 hours Zambian time) ahead of the bulk of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winning team members.
FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo, who is with the Chipolopolo in Seoul, said the temperature was hovering around 28 degrees Celsius but quite humid and that the team was greeted with some showers upon arrival.
"The team has arrived safely in Seoul at 14:30 hours local time (07:30 hours Zambian time). Temperatures ranging around 28 degrees; although quite humid and we were greeted with a drizzle when we arrived," he said.
Mwamelo said the team was accommodated at Mayfield Hotel and Resort and later went for a muscle loosening training session at 17:30 hours (10:30 hours Zambian time) to shake off the jet lag.
However, the rains again showered on the players as they held their first work-out just near their Mayfield Hotel ahead. The FAZ vice-president said the China-based trio of skipper Christopher Katongo, James Chamanga and Isaac Chansa including Angola-based Felix Katongo with the South Africa-based contingent were expected in Seoul this morning with team manager, Lusekelo Kamwambi, who remained behind in Hong Kong.
Mwamelo said coach Herve Renard was expecting a full house this evening after the arrival of Europe, Israel and Sudan based players in readiness for the tough friendly against the Red Devils.
The 20-man Chipolopolo team has goalkeepers, Kennedy Mweene and Kalililo Kakonje with the defenders being Davies Nkausu, Emmanuel Mbola, Chintu Kampamba, Aaron Katebe and Nyambe Mulenga while the midfielders are William Njobvu, Chansa, Joseph Sitali, Chisamba Lungu, Thomas Nyirenda, Noah Chivuta, Henry Banda and Felix Katongo.
Switzerland-based Emmanuel Mayuka leads the striking force which also has Christopher Katongo, Chamanga, Jonas Sakuwaha and Roger Kola.
FAZ president, Kalusha Bwalya has also accompanied the Chipolopolo to Seoul, the city that shot him to fame during the 1988 Olympic Games where he almost single-handedly destroyed Italy in that famous 4-0 rout.
And South Korean coach Choi Kang-Hee has unveiled included five new faces in his 18-man squad to face Zambia on Wednesday.
According to the Korea Football Association website, Choi has returned skipper Kwak Tae-Hwi, top scorer Lee Dong-Gook, Lee Keun-Ho, Kim Jung-Woo, Kim Shin-Wook and veteran goalkeeper Kim Yong-Dae.
The new faces in the Red Devils' team are defenders Shin Kwang-Hoon, Jung In-Whan, Hwang Jin-Sung, Sim Woo-Yeon and Song Jin-Hyung.
Others in the Korean team are goalkeeper, Kim Young-Kwang, Kim Jin-Kyu, Park Won-Jae, Ko Yo-Han, Kim Hyeung-Bum, Ha Dae-Sung and Lee Seung-Gi.
South Korea will be facing Zambia for the first time since January 2010 when Renard's men thrashed the 2002 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists 4-2 in a friendly match played in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ironically, Chamanga, Chivuta and Felix Katongo, who scored in that match at the Rand Stadium, are in the squad facing the Koreans on Wednesday with Jim Jung-Woo, one of the Red Devils scorers', is also included in Choi's team.
Chipolopolo midfielder, Rainford Kalaba, who also scored in that match two years ago, was left out of the travelling party because of club commitments.