SQUASH stars Kelvin 'The Kelvinator' Njobvu and women multi-national champion Sharon Chimfwembe have been named in the final squash national team that will compete at this month's All-Africa Senior Challenge tournament slated for Namibia.
South Africa-based Njobvu and Nkana's Chimfwembe were named to lead the 10-member squad that has six men and four women after a series of weekend camping and training in the quest to win gold.
Team head coach Felix Chilufya, who released the names of the team members yesterday, said the team would comprise six men and four women, saying he expected them to put up a good challenge during the tournament that runs from February 19 to 23 in Windhoek.
Chilufya said the five-day tournament would have both individual and team categories.
"We have trimmed the team from 13 players to 10 and these are the ones that would go to Namibia. But before that, we shall get into residential camp in Lusaka on Sunday and Kelvin and Sharon will lead the men and women teams," Chilufya said.
Other members making the trip in the men section are Mwiinga Lengwe, Manda Chilambwe, Mwansa Chileshe, Frank Wabo and Enos Mwale, while Chimfwembe has been joined in the women section by Namweene Muchaile, Monica Chimese and Natasha Chisenga.
Njobvu is having a squash racquet made in his honour by a South African sports kit company and by his stage name Kelvinator.
Chilufya had initially selected a 13-member team which had been training every weekend at Nkana squash club from where he picked the final 10 that were expected to challenge for gold at the continental championship in Namibia.
At the last All-Africa Senior Challenge held in South Africa, Zambia minted a silver medal with Chilufya saying his charges would go for gold this time-around.
As the players were getting one week off, the coach demanded that they maintain the same high levels of fitness to avoid him going through the same drills again as they get into residential camp in readiness for the outing.
"The fitness levels are very good at the moment but I should encourage them to stay fit in this one week we shall not be together. We are going into an important week of training so fitness is cardinal," he said.