17 December 2013

Zambia: Zesco Sign Zulu, Five Others

ZESCO United has signed Chipolopolo midfielder Justine Zulu and five others in a bid to reinforce the squad ahead of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup while diminutive striker Lottie Phiri has left the club.

And league champions Nkana are believed to be close to signing striker Francis Kombe from Power Dynamos ahead of their CAF African Champions League engagements.

Zesco's media and public relations officer, Katebe Chengo said the club had signed Zulu, who is a free agent and was part of the Zambia team that won bronze at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kenya, along with midfielder Cletus Chota from Nchanga Rangers, who spent a season on loan at Power.

Chengo said in a statement that Zesco had also acquired the services of Kellys Sichilya from Konkola Blades and Bornwell Silingo from Rimon Youth Talent Development Academy.

She said the club had brought in two strikers in Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba from newly promoted side Indeni and Lazarous Kambole from Konkola Mine Police to fill the void left by Phiri, who ditched the club citing personal reasons.

Zesco have since commenced preparations for continental football with their first training session at Trade Fair Grounds in Ndola yesterday which the new players attended.

"Following a close of successful negotiations held with different clubs, Zesco United FC is happy to announce the recruitment of six new players to reinforce the squad in preparation for CAF Confederation Cup and FAZ/MTN 2014 season.

"We also wish to inform our stakeholders and fans that Lottie Phiri has tendered in his notice of resignation from the club due to personal reasons. We have accepted his letter and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours," Chengo said.

Meanwhile, Nkana secretary Ken Mwansa said in an interview that the champions have reached an agreement with Kombe but that negotiations between the two clubs were expected to be concluded by yesterday.

"We are bringing Kombe to our squad, you see we are trying to add experience and negotiations have reached an advanced stage and we hope to be done by the close of today (yesterday)," he said.

Kombe will become the third Power player to sign for Nkana after Simon Bwalya and Maybin Chishimba recently joined the 12 time champions.

Nkana had also signed the Nkwazi duo of Derrick Mwansa and Augustine Mulenga, Shadreck Musonda (Kalulushi), and goalkeeper Rabson Mucheleng'anga from Nchanga.

And Nkana assistant coach Zeddy Saileti said the club has given their Chipolopolo quartet two weeks off following their return from CECAFA Cup duty in Kenya.

Strikers Ronald Kampamba and Festus Mbewe, midfielder Sydney Kalume and defender Christopher Munthali have all been excused from 2014 pre-season training.

Saileti said in an interview that the team was looking forward to seeing the players back refreshed as Nkana intensifies its preparations for the 2014 season.

"They will start training with us after Christmas," said Saileti, whose side have made an early return for pre-season training ahead of their 2014 CAF Champions League engagements in February.

The 12-time champions are returning to continental football for the first time since 2002 when they reached the last 16 of the Champions League where they were eliminated by eventual winners Zamalek of Egypt.

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