Depleted Zambia to face Gabon after five players pulled out
Chipolopolo Boys coach Sven Vandenbroeck has said he will be without five players who started Saturday’s African Cup of Nations draw against Namibia.
Zambia face Gabon in Libreville at 18h00 CAT
The players who are unavailable for tonight’s clash include three African Cup of Nations winners.
This means that only Stoppila Sunzu returns to scene of the 2012 African Cup of Nations triumph.
The Belgian born trainer said TP Mazembe trio Rainford Kalaba, Nathan Sinkala and Kabaso Chongo have all being excused from the game.
“I made an agreement with Mazembe that I would have the three boys earlier in camp and would release them earlier because they have an away CAF Champions League first leg game,” Vandenbroeck said.
Vandenbroeck will also be without first choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene who injured his finger.
“Then we have one injury that is Mweene, with a finger injury, it was better to release him to his club to begin his rehab there,” Vandenbroeck said.
Winger Augustne Mulenga is also unavailable following the birth of his child.
“The last one is a private one, Mulenga has become a father so he has traveled to see wife and kid. It is always good to see a smile a on a players face when they become fathers again.”
Vandenbroeck also hinted that all the players in camp will have a run out.
“We have had a long trip to Gabon, we traveled first for 11 hours after the game and later seven hours on the last leg to Gabon so that is not the best preparations,” Vandenbroeck said.
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