‘Dependable’ Mwila faces a late fitness test
Zambian striker Brian ‘The Hammer’ Mwila is doubt for Tuesday’s Group B Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria.
The prolific striker limped off the Chipolopolo Boys’ final training session on Monday night.
The 23 year injured his ankle in the home tie on Saturday as he powered in the second goal in goal mouth scramble.
The Platinum Stars striker has been in terrific form for Zambia making his debut in friendly match against Gabon.
The former Green Buffaloes striker has gone to hit 7 goals in 8 games.
The burly striker got his debut goal against South Africa in the 2-1 win in a friendly. His other goals came against Botswana and Tanzania at the Cosafa Cup though he failed to find the back of net in final against Zimbabwe.
There was also goals in both ties of the first round of the CHAN qualifier against Swaziland.
Despite having notched in 5 goals in 6 games, many were not convinced as the CHAN and COSAFA games are rated as either B or C grade fixtures.
When he hit that brace at Heroes Stadium then comparison started against some of the former Chipolopolo greats like Kelvin Mutale, Dennis Lota, Collins Mbesuma and Christopher Katongo.
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And that scoring spree hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Chipolopolo Boys coach Wedson Nyirenda has already described him one of the dependable members of the team while in some quarters, he is seen as the improved version former striker Jacob Mulenga.
“I think that has brought some worries into the team. Brian [Mwila] has been dependable,” Nyirenda said.
“So that knock if it doesn’t clear by tomorrow [Tuesday] morning then it will be big setback,” adds Nyirenda.
Should he fail a fitness test then Wada Wada will have to choose between Justin Shonga and Alex Ng’onga.
Shonga has also been in devastating form and scored a brace at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium a fortnight in a win over South Africa.
“But I think we have a plan B. Then we have Justin [Shonga] and Bazo…[Alex] Ng’onga. The replacement is usually there.
Meanwhile there are no injury fears for Stopilla Sunzu as Russian based defender came through the final session unscathed.
A win for Zambia will take the Chipolopolo to 7 points, three off leaders Nigeria.
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