Chipolopolo Team Doctor Gives Medical Status of Team…squad declared Covid-free

Zambia National Team Doctor George Phiri has provided a medical report for the team ahead of Sunday’s FIFA International Friendly against Sudan in Khartoum.

Doctor Phiri told the FAZ Media Team in Khartoum that Moses Phiri has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash after sustaining a calf injury in Friday’s practice match with the Falcons of Jediane that the hosts won 3-2.

He also said that Cardiff City’s Ntazana Mayembe, Prince Mumba and Lameck Siame were on the medical watch list hence not fully participating in the team’s activities.

Dr Phiri heaped praise on the team for having maintained strict adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines in all the countries they have visited, hence retaining negative results.

“Currently we can say that the situation is under control in terms of medical problems within the camp. However, we have some players who have some medical conditions which we are taking control and managing accordingly,” he said.

“These are Lameck Siame, Prince Mumba and Ntazana Mayembe. These have medical conditions which we have been managing for the last five days hence some of them not appearing in the line-up for the coach or participating fully.”

He added: “The other injuries which we have are three players who have hamstring injuries, and these are Roger Kola, Brian Mwila and our goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe. However, we are managing them accordingly and may feature in the game tomorrow.  Moses Phiri sustained a calf injury and has been ruled out of tomorrow’s selection because it is a bit severe.”

He said, “The rest of the players are physically fit and ready for selection tomorrow. We had minor knocks which we are managing accordingly.”

Dr Phiri said the team was Covid-19 free and urged the entourage to maintain their adherence to guidelines.

“We have been Covid free from the time we started off from Lusaka. All the tests we did in all the three countries have come out negative. The team has maintained this negativity across the three countries we have visited. As of now there are no positive cases of Covid-19 in the camp,” he said.

Zambia plays Sudan on Sunday in the final international friendly match during the FIFA window. The Chipolopolo lost 3-1 to a star-studded Senegal before drawing 2-2 with the Squirrels of Benin in Cotonou.

Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is carrying a largely local assemblage as he seeks to identify players to fuse into the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers squad in September.

Zambia is in Group F with Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania.

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