THE Chipolopolo national team preparing for the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on September 6 has suffered injury setbacks with midfielder Jacob Ngulube ruled out.
Team doctor Joseph Kabungo said yesterday Mufulira Wanderers midfielder Ngulube had not joined the team due to an ankle injury.
“Ngulube is still nursing an ankle injury and I opted to have him stay in Mufulira so that he continues to receive physiotherapy for this week. I am in constant touch with the medical personnel in Mufulira,” he said.
He said Kelvin Mubanga was excused from the last part of training because of his recurring ankle injury sustained during the Under-23 final Senegal African Championship qualifier against Ivory Coast this month.
“Mubanga was involved in the first part of training but was excused in the latter part. This is because of a recurring injury and he is doing his rehabilitation. He is making good progress. The idea is not to hasten the player back onto the field of play for fear of a recurrence,” he said.
Kabungo said that he had not yet received a confirmed report from Zanaco on goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata being injured.
“I hear that Nsabata sustained an injury on one of his fingers. But I have not received a confirmed report from the club, maybe later in the afternoon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kabungo said the rest of the local players were responding well to training and he has not received any injury report from the 13 professionals called to the team.
“I am impressed with the fitness level of the local players. They are disciplined and committed to training,” he said.
The foreign based players called include Kennedy Mweene, Collins Mbesuma, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Chisamba Lungu, Kabaso Chongo, Stopilla Sunzu, Ronald Kampamba, Jacob Mulenga, Emmauel Mbola, Evans Kangwa, Kondwani Mtonga, Aaron Katebe and Lubambo Musonda.