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Sunzu not wanted by Lille’s Argentine coach

French Ligue 1 side Lille’s Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa has told Stopilla Sunzu that his services are no longer wanted.

The Argentine coach has also told 10 other players including Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to look for clubs.

Sunzu, who spent last season on loan at Russian Premier League side Arsenal Tula hasn’t enjoyed the best of times at the French Ligue 1 side since he joined them on loan from China in 2016.

After an initial loan spell, the Chililabombwe born centre back signed a permanent deal in July 2016.

After former Zambia’s African Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard was sacked, the 28 year old defender struggled for game time and ended up in Eastern Europe and helped Arsenal Tula stay in the top flight via a playoff.

Sunzu has played for Ligue 2 side Chateauroux and Sochaux in France.

In Zambia, he has featured for Afrisports and Zanaco.

On the international scene, the defender is one of the key figures in the Chipolopolo set up.

In recent games, he has been partnered with Zanaco’s 31 year old Ziyo Tembo.






14 Comments to Sunzu not wanted by Lille’s Argentine coach

  1. Banda SUZYO says:

    These two centre back need to be retired from National team setup if this Wada Wada coach is really rebuilding because he has very little time left… let him identify young and talented players to carry the mantle today for a better tomorrow….

  2. Don says:

    One door shuts another opens.

  3. Dr. Andy DeRoche says:

    It seems to me that as Chipolopolo move to a younger generation and bring in some of the great potential we saw at the U20 in Korea such as Banda, Daka, Sakala, Chilufya, and Mwepu, there need to be a few veterans to bring stability and perspective. In my view, Sunzu (and possibly Mbola) on defense and Kalaba, Lubambo Mosuando, and Lungu in midfield would be good choices to provide the veteran voice. With that in mind it would be nice if Sunzu finds a pro team where he can get regular game time. Maybe he should look for a pro team somewhere such as the Netherlands, Israel, or even the USA? He is too good and has too much experience to dump him from Chipolopolo now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is not a surprising development. Marcelo Biesla is known as ‘el professore’ by fans in his native Argentina. He has coached Argentina and Chile & in laliga. This is one coach who can take Zambia to a World Cup.
    With all due respect to Dr. Andy De Roche above, I support Sunzu in aspects but I feel he has lacked that cutting edge difference in his career. If I am not mistaken he was the defender beaten to the ball by Ratifo the Mozambique forward recently when Zambia lost at home recently.
    To read the game, to anticipate and to Marshall a defence are very important attributes of a good defender. I think Sunzu can be moved more in the middle of defence with his arial advantage and ball winning capabilities. There are a few vulnerabilities with his positional sense and a few deficiencies with his one on one battles.
    Biesla will have observed this already. He is not called the professor for nothing.
    Zambia needs to steady its backline and make it solid and mean. It takes time. I am always scared when the opposition has a set piece play and some marking is pure amateur. I take note I am being harsh with my assessment but when you consider players for Zambia such as Tana, Chomba, Kapambwe Mulenga, the late Eston Mulenga probably Jones Chilengi these were no nonsense hardworking defenders. The only investment in Ziyo Tembo and Sunzu at the back is their height, but that is a minimal advantage when you are stacked with disadvantages. Ziyo cost Zambia 3 points away in Cameroon and Sunzu could not read nor contain the Mozambique forward. And look at that Chama boy who gifted Nigeria the 3 points. Zambia defence is the culprit to why we won’t make Russia 2018. The sooner we rectify this the better.

  5. Honesty speaking our 2012 heroes have run out of form and”I”can’t see the future, its high time they gave a chance to a younger generation of players like the ones who just represented us in the cosafa, afcon and world cup 20.

  6. Big Steve 4rm SA says:

    Not the best news for our top/best defender but then again it might be a blessing in disguise. One door closes another flies wide open. I was hoping he would stay in Russia. I hope he does not make a dash back to China for now.

  7. Pungwa says:

    He is too good to let go just now. the new team can still be built around him. I doubt that he has hit 30 years so he still has a ot of football left in him to play for Zambia. Conversion to the midfield wouldnt be a bad idea, particularly defensive as he played in that position in Canada 2007 anyway. I thought Renard would have developed him for that position as we have not had stability at no.6 for a very long time.

  8. Logic says:

    MLS has become very competitive, Zambia players need to start looking at this as a real option. Ghana and Liberia have a number of players plying their trade in this league as do a lot of South Americans and I must say the level of physical fitness in this league is second to none. I believe a guy like Sunzu can get regular game time in the MLS. His lack of game time is very evident every time he steps on the pitch. This guy still has a lot left in the tank but his conditioning due to limited game time makes him a step slower

  9. Mwebantu says:

    Just leave him and go where you are needed Sunzu!

  10. Mwebantu says:

    Good comments & observations Dr. Andy

  11. humble says:

    Good point #anonymous! I 2nd wat uve said

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