LUSAKA, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Zambia coach Kalusha Bwalya named his 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup on Thursday, choosing all but six players from clubs outside the country.
The list includes Portsmouth's Collins Mbesuma, who has made only four Premier League appearances, all as substitute, this season, and fellow striker Harry Milanzi, who last year served a six-month ban after traces of cannabis were found in a sample.
Zambia, who leave on Sunday for a training camp in France and a possible friendly with Ligue 1 club Monaco, have been drawn in group C at the Nations Cup with Guinea, South Africa and defending champions Tunisia.
The southern African side have twice been runners-up at the tournament.
Goalkeepers: George Kolola (ZANACO), Kennedy Mweene (Free State Stars, South Africa)
Defenders: Clive Hachilensa (Free State Stars, South Africa), Misheck Lungu (Primeiro Agosto, Angola), Joseph Musonda (Free State Stars, South Africa), Billy Mwanza (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Kennedy Nkethani (ZANACO), Elijah Tana (Petro Atletico, Angola), Mark Sinyangwe (Green Buffaloes)
Midfielders: Ian Bakala (Primeiro Agosto, Angola), Isaac Chansa (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), James Chamanga (Umtata Bush Bucks, South Africa), Rainford Kalaba (Nice, France), Chris Katongo, Felix Katongo (both Jomo Cosmos, South Africa), Numba Mumamba (ZANACO), Clifford Mulenga (Örgryte, Sweden), Lameck Njovu (Lusaka Dynamos), Andrew Sinkala (FC Cologne, Germany)
Forwards: Harry Milanzi (Primeiro Agosto, Angola), Collins Mbesuma (Portsmouth, England), Jacob Mulenga (Chateauroux, France), Dube Phiri (Red Arrows).