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FC Platinum target Rodwell Chinyengetere will not be making the move to the Zvishavane side after the Hwange forward failed a medical. Chinyengetere, who returned to action this season, following a horrific injury which kept him on the sidelines for close to two years, was on coach Norman Mapeza’s wish-list as he sought to bolster his squad for next year’s Confederation Cup.

FC Platinum had also aimed at securing the services of Soccer Star of the Year finalist Tendai Samanja but the dreadlocked defensive linkman has turned down the maneuvers as he is reportedly interested in following his former coach at CAPS United Taurai Mangwiro, who is now at Harare City.

Kugona Kunenge Kudada spokesperson Chido Chizondo yesterday said the side is now in a race against time as they battle to beat the December 31 deadline for the submission of squads to the Confederation of African Football.

“Our hope is that we should be done with our squad by the 27th of this month. As you know we had wanted to bring on board Samanja but he turned us down. We were also aiming for Chinyengetere and, unfortunately he turned us down.

“But we are happy we have retained the greater part of our squad. I am sure by now you all know the players that we have parted ways with. We have released Mitchell Katsvairo, Talbert Shumba and Benjamin Marere,” said Chizondo.

The miners have signed former Black Rhinos striker Brian Muzondiwa while Dynamos forward Simba Sithole who is still to open fresh contract talks with DeMbare has been gly linked with a move to Zvishavane.

FC Platinum were drawn to face one of Kenya’s top sides, Sofapaka in the preliminary round of the Confederation Cup next year.

They are expected to have a short break for the Christmas and New Year holidays before resuming preparations.

However, Chizondo said they are still monitoring some of their injured players — Stephen Sibanda and Winston Mhango — who they hope should be fully fit by the time they begin pre-season.

Meanwhile, FC Platinum defender Aaron Katebe has been named in the Zambian national football team set to step up preparations for the African Cup of Nations finals

Katebe was named by Honor Janza as the coach has combined youth and experience in his 27-man preliminary squad announced in Lusaka this week.

The Nations Cup finals are set to take place in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8, next year.

Katebe was roped in after Zesco United defender Nyambe Mulenga was ruled out with injuries suffered in a road accident.

The Chipolopolo squad which will be whittled down to 23 players by January 10 is scheduled for a training camp to start tomorrow in Johannesburg.

Zambia are scheduled to play an international friendly match against South Africa on January 4.

Janza has named 12 players who were at the 2013 edition of the tournament in South Africa and 11 from the 2012 African Cup of Nations winning squad that was co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Kennedy Mwene, Joshua Titima and Danny Munyao, all three goalkeepers who were at the tournament two years ago have been named in the squad with the addition to the fold of Nchanga Rangers goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata.

Nations Cup winners Stopilla Sunzu, Davies Nkausu and Emmanuel Mbola will bring their experience at this level to a back line that includes 2013 Cosafa Cup winners Bronson Chama, Donashano Malama, Christopher Munthali and Rodrick Kabwe.

Young midfielders Spencer Sautu and Lubambo Musonda have also been included. Utility man Kondwani Mtonga of Northend United in The Indian Premier League has also been named for the first time by Janza.

MTN FAZ Super League top scorers Ronald Kampamba and Jackson Mwanza have also been included on Janza’s list.

Also named in the squad is stocky forward Patrick Ngoma, winner of the Golden Boot at the just ended African Uniion Sports Council Regiion 5 Under-20 Youth Championships in Bulawayo.

Zambia are placed in Group B along with Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisia and Cape Verde.

Source : The Herald