Cape Town - Zambia
coach Honour Janza has made the controversial decision to send striker Chris
Katongo back home ahead of Wednesday's clash with Niger.
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The 32-year-old, who is currently Chipolopolo's captain,
will not be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Levy
Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Team manager Lusekelo Kamwambi has revealed that the reason
for Bidvest Wits player's omission stems from the coach's desire to avoid any
rabble-rousing from players who have not been included in the match-day squad.
"Coach Janza, in a bold move aimed at bolstering team spirit
and unity in the Chipolopolo, released captain Christopher Katongo from
camp," Kamwambi told Post Zambia.
"Janza intends to make drastic changes to the team to
face Niger on Wednesday. Therefore, he wished to spare the blushes of the
captain arising out of the possible omission from the team.
"No player will be kept in camp as has been the case
lately once the final 18 players have been named. This is to avoid negative
energy that might affect the team."
Katongo made his Zambia debut in 2003 and has since gone on
to make a further 85 appearances, scoring 21 goals in the process.