Zambia has opponents Congo-Brazzaville to thank after they gave striker Winston Kalengo a ride on their charter flight for Wednesday’s 2017 Africa Cup Group E clash in Ndola.
Kalengo, who plays for Congo champions AC Leopards, has been stuck in Brazzaville since the weekend after the country was in lockdown due to presidential elections that took place there.
The striker failed to get a flight home for 48 hours before hitch-hiking on Congo’s charter flight to Ndola where they landed just after 19h00.
Kalengo then joined his team mates at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Tuesday night in the teams’ final training session where the match will be played in an 18h00 kickoff on Wednesday.
However, Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is only expected to land in Ndola at 11h00 on Tuesday.
This is after he also found himself in the same flight connect jam in Brazzaville over the weekend where Sundowns where in CAF Champions League against against Kalengo’s club that ended 1-1 on Saturday.
However, striker Evans Kangwa of Hapoel Ra’anana in Israel has withdrawn from the match due to injury.
The good news is defender Stopilla Sunzu of French Ligue 1 club Lille and midfielder Lubambo Musonda of Armenian side Gandazsar joined the team on Monday evening.