Kalaba blow for Zambia

LUSAKA - Zambia play Lesotho on Saturday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola but they will be without three of their key players.

Stoppila Sunzu, the strong tall defender, is out due to injury and number one goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is out due to suspension.

To make matters worse is the fact that influential midfielder Rainford Kalaba, who got injured at his club TP Mazembe in DRC and has been in camp with the team, has been ruled out of the Lesotho game on Saturday.

Team doctor Joseph Kabungo said that the player will not be ready for this weekend’s game. He said it will take a bit of time before the player’s muscle heals for him to play.

“For this Saturday unfortunately he is out. We have tried to work on the injury but it is not looking good hence he will miss this Lesotho game. We will continue working with him and see how he progresses,” Kabungo said.

Sunzu has also joined the team in camp so that the team doctors monitor him since he went through his operation on his injured knee.

Meanwhile, China based striking duo of captain Chris Katongo and James Chamanga have finally joined the squad.

“Yes every player is in camp now. We are looking forward to a great game on Saturday. We are calling on the supporters to wear their orange supporters jersey so that we can have a sea of orange in the Stadium as we support our team,” said a Chipolopolo spokesperson.

Zambia is currently leading Group D with seven points, one point ahead of second placed Ghana who are playing Sudan on the same day. – Agencies

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