Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Mukuka Mulenga is part of his plans this season has not been intentionally left out of his five-day training camp to Zambia.
Mosimane said on Monday afternoon upon arrival with Sundowns at Simon Mwansa Kapwepewe International Airport that Mukuka has been released for international duty.
“Mukuka has been with us the whole week but we have just released him for the Under-23 national team,” Mosimane said.
“I think it is better for him to help his country qualify for the Olympics than to play a friendly game.”
Mukuka is part of the Zambia Under-23’s 2015 CAF Under-23 Cup first leg, final round qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire on July 19 in Lusaka.
The midfielder has returned to Sundowns after a season long loan at Bloemfontein Celtic.
Zambia first-choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is part of the 31-member team that flew into Ndola on a chartered flight from Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Sundowns will play three friendlies during their five-day camp.
They face Mufulira Wanderers at Arthur Davies on Tuesday in Kitwe and Nkana on Wednesday at Nkana Stadium before wrapping up their camp on Thursday against their hosts Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.