Zambia coach Patrick Phiri has opted to wait until the January 10 Africa Cup final team list deadline for submissions before making a decision on whether to drop ailing players Andrew Sinkala and Moses Sichone.
Phiri said from Spain today that he would also visit the 2.Bundesliga-based players in the coming days to ascertain their fitness first hand ahead the January 10 deadline.
Sichone and Sinkala have been missing from the Zambia training camp due to injury and illness respectively.
Sinkala, midfielder of 2.Bundesliga team Paderborn has suspected malaria while defender Sichone has a rib injury.
And Striker Collins Mbesuma will join the team tomorrow in France en route to Tunisia after a delay in joining the team due to Visa problems at the Spanish embassy in Ankara.
Mbeusma will finally join the team in Paris on their way to play Tunisia in a friendly match on January 6.
“There has been a change of plans and Collin’s Mbesuma will meet us in France on our way to Tunisia after having Visa problems at the Spanish embassy in Ankara,” team manger Solly Pandor said from Spain.
Pandor also revealed that no-show defender Elijah Tana, Pandor was expected join the team in Tunisia shortly.
Tana meanwhile is still in Zambia.
Pandor said Zambia wrap-up its eight-day training camp in Jerez, Spain on Wednesday before heading down to North Africa namely Tunisia and later Morocco to play another friendly on the 12th.
While in Spain for the week, Zambia played one friendly match against the Andalusia regional national team on December 27 who beat Phiri’s team 4-1 in Jerez.
And in other related news, ex-Zambia and Namibia head Coach Ben Bamfuchile was put to rest yesterday at Chamboli Cemetery in Kitwe.
Thousands of mourners braved the rains to pay their last respects to Bamfuchile who died on December 27 in Kitwe after a long illness.