Midfielder Andrew Sinkala is keeping the Zambia national team bench
guessing as to whether he will be available for this Saturday’s 2008
Africa Cup Group 11 qualifying tie against Chad at Konkola stadium in
Zambia coach Patrick Phiri today could not definitely say whether the
recalled midfielder from 2.Bundesliga club Paderborn will accept his
“We are still trying to locate him and Faz is doing its best to get in
touch with him,” Phiri said.
Team manager Solly Pando too could not give a clear answer as to
whether Sinkala would join the team following his recall last Friday.
Sinkala was recalled for the first time since last October when Zambia
lost 1-0 at home against South Africa in another Group 11qualifier
played in Lusaka.
He was brought in to help strengthen Zambia’s midfield that failed to
spark despite the team beating Congo-Brazzaville 3-0 in Chililabombwe
on June 2.
Pando however, disclosed that Portsmouth striker Collins Mbesuma will
join the team on Thursday in Chililabombwe from his England base.
In the midst of the two no-shows, French-based striker Jacob Mulenga
is in camp after he was given a week off to attend to a family
commitment in Kitwe.
The squad shifts camp to Chililabombwe tomorrow on the same day Chad
are due to arrive in the country via Lusaka on board an Ethiopian
Airlines flight before midday.
Chad are later expected to connect to the Copperbelt via road where
they will be camped in Chingola.