Sunzu, Kalaba, Sinkala in trouble as Kambwili okays their arrest

Outspoken Zambia Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili has charged that the Immigration Department must go ahead and arrest the three National Soccer Team players for illegal crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stophila Sunzu, Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala

Stophila Sunzu, Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala

The Immigration Department earlier on Sunday threatened to effect arrest the three Zambian players – Stophila Sunzu, Rainford Kalaba and Nathan Sinkala who play for Congolese Club TP Mazembe.

Kambwili said Immigration must effect arrest if indeed the trio broke the laws by crossing into Congo DR without following Immigration exit procedure.

In a press statement, Spokesperson for Immigration Department Namati Nshinka said the three players who were in Zambia for medical examination crossed back to their base in Lubumbashi in Congo without following the Immigration exit procedure.

Nshinka said Sunzu, Kalaba, Sinkala and a TP Mazembe officials entered Zambia aboard a chartered plane via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Saturday and returned to Congo using some mode of transport.

She said the Department carried out a comprehensive search on recent exits, which revealed that any exit made by the players was done illegally as they did not appear before Immigration authorities as required by the Immigration and Deportation Act number 18 of 2010.

The three players could not be released by their club for the Zambia, Brazil International Fiendly match scheduled for October 15, 2013 in China claiming that they were ill. But FAZ appealed to FIFA that ruled that the players be examined to ascertain their illnesses.

Upon arriving in Zambia FAZ decided that they fly to China where the rest of team is so that the team Doctor could examine them. This, their Officials from the Club could not accept.

But Kambwili has directed that the three players travel to China for the International friendly match. He had instructed the Immigration Department not to allow the players to return to DRC but facilitate their travel to China to join the rest of the team.

And FAZ says it is disappointed with the behavour of three Congolese based players.

Meanwhile, FAZ says the team is set for game and have since continued with their training at the Birds Nest Stadium. FAZ Spokesperson Eric Mwanza said the official pre-match session scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30pm on the stadium’s main pitch.

Mwanza said Defender Chintu Kapamba will be last expected player to join the team that comprises of Kennedy Mweene, Joshua Titima, Jacob Mulenga, Emmanuel Mayuka, Noah Chivuta and Emmanuel Mbola.

He said other others players are Captain Christopher Katongo, Hichani Himonde, Kabaso Chongo, Joseph Musonda, Bronson Chama, Bruce Musakanya, Fwayo Tembo, Chisamba Lungu, Kondwani Mtonga and James Chamanga.

Mwanza said Roger Kola is also in camp but struggling with a hamstring, while Jimmy Chisenga joined the team last evening.