Fashion withdraws from COSAFA squad

FASHION Sakala of Zambia in action during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic, 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on 21 May 2017 in Seogwipo South Korea. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER LEE- FIFA VIA GETTY IMAGES

RUSSIA-BASED forward Fashion Sakala has withdrawn from the Chipolopolo squad preparing for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup quarter-final against Namibia.
Midfielders Emmanuel Banda of Belgian side KV O Oostende and Salulani Phiri of South African side Polokwane City will also not be part of the national team at the regional championship billed for Limpopo Province in South Africa.
Sakala plies his trade for Spartak Moscow.
“You have to be careful with these players that have contracts with clubs outside the country and as you may know, COSAFA is not on the FIFA calendar. Leagues just ended in these countries [Russia, Belgium and South Africa] and their clubs want the players to

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