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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 12:50 GMT
Zambia hit by injuries
By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Zambia striker Collins Mbesuma
Injury has forced Collins Mbesuma out of Zambia's Nations Cup squad

Injury has forced Zambia coach Patrick Phiri to leave out several key players from his final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Striker Collins Mbesuma is the latest player to be declared unfit for the Chipolopolo with a knee injury.

Earlier the Germany-based duo of Moses Sichone and Andrew Sinkala were ruled out of the tournament.

Defender Sichone has a rib injury, while midfielder Sinkala has been in hospital suffering from lung and chest problems.

Zambia face four-time African champions Cameroon, current cup holders Egypt and Sudan in Group C of the tournament.

Zambia squad:

Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa), Kalililo Kakonje (AmaZulu, South Africa) and Mike Poto (Green Buffaloes)

Defenders: Elijah Tana (El Merreikh, Sudan), Hichani Himoonde (Lusaka Dynamos), William Chinyama (Zesco United), Kennedy Nketani (Zanaco), Francis Kasonde (Power Dynamos), Chintu Kampamba (Free State Stars, South Africa), Billy Mwanza (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Clive Hachilensa (Zesco United)

Midfielders: Clifford Mulenga (Maccabi Petach Tikva, Israel), Isaac Chansa (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Ian Bakala (Primeiro de Agosto, Angola), Rainford Kalaba (Zesco United), Felix Katongo (Petro Atletico, Angola) William Njovu (Lusaka Dynamos)

Strikers: Jacob Mulenga (Racing Strasbourg, France), Felix Nsunzu (Konkola Blades), Christopher Katongo (Brondby, Denmark), Dube Phiri (Primeiro de Agosto, Angola), Emmanuel Mayuka (Kabwe Warriors) James Chamanga (Moroka Swallows, South Africa)

SEE ALSO
Zambia's Chansa eyes semi-finals
27 Dec 07 |  African
Phiri happy with Zambia training
17 Dec 07 |  African
Zambia in tough Nations Cup task
20 Oct 07 |  African


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