Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sundowns explain Mukuka’s absence from Zambia tour


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.


  1. But why didn’t FAZ tell us that Mukuka is with Under 23, to avoid these Soccer fans to harass Sundowns over Mukuka Mulenga?

    • Our journalists should also be researching they are too shallow! I mentioned that he was with U-23 team they couldn’t go there and check?

      Its the duty of a reporter to gather data for us!

  2. It is true Kalanga journalists should be researching no wonder they keep on reporting that the source of the Zambezi river is in Mwinilunga district instead of Ikelenge district

  3. Viva Mamelodi Sundowns! For showing the spirit of Pan Africanism. Pre-season-touring of Zed instead of playing token English league teams shows you have confidence in and support African soccer. This is the second time you are visiting Zed. Teams like Kaizer Chiefs who are owned by a player who once played for Mighty should have been leading this but they are too obsessed with imitating Europe like most Africans.

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