The country’s online media reported that the four; Jimmy Ndlovu, Justin Zulu, Shadreck Malambo and Boyd Mkandawire have been completely ruled out of the Saturday encounter.
Zambia team doctor, Joseph Kabungo confirmed the development but only gave details regarding condition status of Ndlovu and Zulu in media reports published Wednesday.
Kabungo further disclosed that he purposely recommended that Ndlovu be left out from the Saturday game due to safety concerns.
“For Jimmy [Ndlovu], we thought it would be in the best interest of the player to rule him out of the game,” said Kabungo.
However, midfielder Allan Mukuka and defender Christopher Munthali reported down with illness and groin pains respectively are still being assessed by the team’s medics.
“On Munthali we had an initial assessment on him last evening (Monday) and he had light training this morning (Tuesday).We are yet to make a decision because we are still assessing him,” Kabungo explained.
Zambia’s Chipolopolo is itching to exact revenge on Brave Warriors who have inflicted them with two defeats this year alone.
In May during regional Cosafa tournament the Brave Warriors booted out the Chipolopolo 5-4 on post match penalties and outclassed them 2-1 last month in the first leg of Chan encounter played in Windhoek.
Zambia is having sleepless nights, following their failure to qualify for the last two editions of Chan finals.
They last qualified for the 2009 tournament which was hosted by Cote d’ Ivoire where they finished on third position.