Minister Lungu clears Sunzu, Kalaba and Sinkala

Zambia’s Internal Security Minister Edgar Lungu has cleared the three country’s players who were under investigations for illegally crossing the boarder into Congo DC where they play for TP Mazembe.

Minister Lungu cleared the trio – Rainford Kalaba, Stopilla Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala and directed that the Department of Immigration that had confiscated their passports hands them back to the players.

The Minister announced Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013 that after investigations there was no evidence that the three players crossed over into Congo on October 12, 2013.

“A report was done by the Immigration Department and found that there was no evidence that the players had crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the Ministry’s Spokesperson Moses Suwali stated. “If our officers had wanted they could have gone to DRC to verify but there was no evidence to warrant that action.

He said the Minister has since directed that the three players be allowed to leave the country to their base in Congo to continue enjoying their football careers at Moses Katumbi’s TP Mazembe Club.

The trio had denied charges that they had crossed into Congo but said they mere switched off their phones but were inside Zambia. This was after the Zambian Sports authorities had directed that the players be flown to China for an International Friendly match against Brazil despite their illness.

Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili had directed that the players be arrested if indeed they did break the law by not following Immigration exit formalities