The new Zambia coach said the midfielder from DR Congo club TP Mazembe will continue in the role that he has kept for the last twenty two months.
“In the meantime we are maintaining Rainford Kalaba as our captain. We will maintain him,” Nyirenda said.
Meanwhile, Nyirenda said he is impressed with the camaraderie at the teams’ Ndola base especially with the arrival of overseas call-ups starting on Monday.
“I am happy with the way the boys are applying themselves in training, the morale in the team and the brotherhood on and off the pitch. We are looking set for better things,” Nyirenda said.
Zambia will host Nigeria on October 9 in the two sides’ opening 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The match also will mark Nyirenda’s debut game in charge following his appointment as Zambia coach in mid-September when he replaced George Lwandamina.