NATHAN Sinkala will play no further part at the 2015 AfCON after sustaining an injury in Sunday’s draw with DR Congo.
The TP Mazembe midfielder limped off in the 85th minute of the 1-1 draw with DR Congo and was replaced by Nkana defender, Christopher Munthali.
Zambia team physician Dr Joseph Kabungo said on Sunday in Ebebiyin that Sinkala has suffered a knee injury.
“After further evaluation last night it was discovered that he suffered a ligament tear in the knee,” Dr Kabungo said.
“He will need minimum of three to four weeks away from football, so sadly that essentially rules him out of the rest of this tournament.”
Sinkala’s departure is a big blow to Zambia’s quest for exquisite performance at the AfCON. As defensive midfielder and deputy team captain he played an outstanding role in all of Zambia’s qualifiers and was expected to help lift the Chipolopolo in the coming crucial games against Tunisia and Cape Verde. The natural choice in that position is Kondwani Mtonga of Zesco United but he has been shunted to defence to partner Stopilla Sunzu.
With that, Sinkala’s likely replacement will be Nkana defender Donshano Malama who will be eligible to play after missing the DR Congo game due to suspension.