Sunzu out of action

THE 2012 AfCON winning sensational defender Stopilla Sunzu will be out of action when the Chipolopolo play Mozambique and Cape Verde on Saturday and Wednesday next week.

National team doctor Joseph Kabungo told journalists in Lusaka yesterday that he had received Sunzu’s medical report suggesting that he should miss the next two games because he is injured.

The Zambia captain limped off the French side Sochaux’s 2-1 home win over Ajaccio last Friday.

Kabungo said Sunzu sustained a hamstring injury on Friday when Sochaux played Ajaccio in a league game.

“Sunzu called me on Friday and I had a preliminary discussion with him over his injury. The medical team from the other end decided that they should do their initial assessment and investigations,” he said.

Kabungo said Sochaux doctors did their initial assessments and investigations on Monday and sent a report the same day.

“According to their finding Sunzu will not be ready for this Saturday game and probably next week Wednesday game. As per procedure we are not against what the club wants to do with the player but it is a standard medical practice that a second opinion must be pursued from this end,” he said.

Kabungo said Sunzu should come home and undergo further medical attention and if found unable to play, he would definitely be out of action.

He maintained that Sunzu should travel to Zambia and join the rest of the squad which leaves for Mozambique this afternoon.

“Sunzu should be made available to the team that will travel… in order to allow him undergo our assessment and investigations.

‘‘If they are talking about Sunzu having a hamstring bang, Zambia is capable of investigating the case,” he said.

And Chipolopolo coach Honor Janza said he would miss Sunzu in his squad for this weekend and on Wednesday next week, adding that it was beyond his control.

He said other players would feel the gap left by Sunzu but he added; “The game has to be played with or without Sunzu.”

The team doctor, however, declared goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and midfielder Nathan Sinkala fit and ready for the next two coming games.

“Kennedy reported for camp on Monday and he trained with the team very well. I am very happy with his response to training,” he said.

Kabungo said Mweene had a light pain in his groin but said it was not something to worry about.

He said Mweene had been involved in all training sessions and was doing fine in camp.

“For Nathan it was reported that he was injured but I had no official communication from his club and up to now there is no official communication,” he said.

Kabungo said when Nathan reported for camp he had a chat with the player who denied being injured.

“Nathan is not injured and he has joined his friends for training today.

‘‘We hope that everything will be okay for him and the rest of the guys so that everyone should be ready to play,” he said.