Football Sport

Stopilla Sunzu doubtful

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
CHIPOLOPOLO skipper Stopilla Sunzu is a doubt for Saturday’s crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique due to a hamstring injury.
Sunzu, who is still in France, sustained the injury during FC Sochaux’s 2-1 home victory over Ajaccio last Friday and has since declared him unfit.
But national team doctor Joseph Kabungo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Sochaux should release the player so that he could be assessed by the Chipolopolo medics.
Kabungo said Sochaux sent a medical report through electronic mail but he could not interpret it because it was in French.
“We got a report from Sochaux on Monday that Sunzu sustained an injury on Friday during their game and I also had a chat with him. He has a problem with one of his hamstrings.
They were still looking at him from that end [France] yesterday [Tuesday] and Monday. He had a scan done on him and we have a report from his club,” he said.
Kabungo said despite availing them a medical, Sochaux should release the player so that they can also assess the injury.
“They [Sochaux] are supposed to do the right thing by sending the player. We are not against what the club has done but Sunzu is not just a Sochaux player, he is a Zambia national team player and we all have his interest at heart,” he said.
In the event Sunzu fails to travel, Nkana’s Christopher Munthali might partner Nyambe Mulenga in central defence.
Sunzu also missed the match against Niger in Niamey due to a bereavement.
And Kabungo said goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene’s groin injury is minor.
“Kennedy reported on Monday, so far so good. He had a problem with the right groin but we are managing that as a medical team. It should not worry people that he might be out of this weekend’s game,” he said.
Mweene also declared himself fit to face the Mambas.
“The injury wasn’t that serious but my team [Mamelodi Sundowns] was just cautious about it. That is why they had to rest me for two games. I should be fit by Saturday,” he said.
Zambia and Mozambique have five points apiece in Group F, leaders Cape Verde have nine while Niger have two points.
The team is expected to leave for Mozambique today.

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