Injury Knocks Out Mwepu, Chilufya from Mauritania, Tunisia Clashes

Chipolopolo team Doctor George Phiri says Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu will miss the back-to-back Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mauritania and Tunisia due to injury.

In an interview with the FAZ media team at National Heroes Stadium after receiving the final batch of foreign based players summoned for the qualifiers, Dr Phiri said Mwepu sustained a hamstring injury in his side’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle and was withdrawn at halftime on Saturday.

“I wish to confirm that we have received all the foreign based players except the two that is Enock Mwepu and Edward Chilufya. These have not come because of the injuries which they sustained during the games at their bases,” said Dr Phiri.

“Enock Mwepu has an injury in one of the muscles the adductor, the hamstrings so he is unable to join us, same with Edward Chilufya, they are receiving treatment from their bases and unable to make it for these games which will take place soon.”

Mwepu also missed out the October round of matches against Equatorial Guinea due to injury. He was however part of the September 3 clash with Mauritania in Nouakchott on match day one and contributed a goal to help Zambia win 2-1 with the other goal coming from Prince Mumba.

The Chipolopolo host Mauritania on Saturday at National Heroes Stadium with the match kicking off at 15:00 hours.

Tickets are on sale across Shoprite outlets via Computicket and are pegged at K30 (North and South wings), K50 (East Wing), K75 (West Wing) and K250 (VIP).

No tickets will be sold at the match venue as per CAF directive in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

All foreign based players summoned for the game have jetted in among them Patson Daka of English Premiership side Leicester, Fashion Sakala from Glasgow Rangers, Emmanuel Banda (Djurgardens), Kings Kangwa, Evans Kangwa (both Arsenal Tula), Lubambo Musonda (Horsens-Denmark) and Clatous Chama (RS Berkane-Morocco). Others are Toaster Nsabata (Sekhukhune-RSA), Mwenya Chibwe (Baroka-RSA), Rally Bwalya (Simba SC-Tanzania) and Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe-DRC).

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