Sinkala won’t play today

sinkalaFC Augsburg of Germany midfielder, Andrew Sinkala, has been ruled out of Zambia’s decisive World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Blida this evening after failing a fitness test.

Sinkala, known as ‘The General’, was recalled to the Chipolopolo for the first time in two years only to be dropped as a result of a problem with his left knee, which he has nursing for the last two weeks.

Sinkala trained with the rest of the team on Thursday afternoon and was picked by coach Herve Renard in what appeared to be the starting line up, where he played alongside Stoppila Sunzu and Noah Chivuta in midfield.

However, after the training the highly experienced midfielder had a chat with Renard and team doctor, Joseph Kabungo, and a decision was made that the 29-year-old return to his base to continue his rehabilitation.

“We have released Andrew he won’t be able to recover in time for the game. He sustained the injury at his club two weeks ago and is still feeling a bit of pain in his left knee,” delegation leader Boniface Mwamelo told Zamfoot.

Officials though announced that Sinkala is expected to rejoin the team for next month’s World Cup qualifier against African Champions Egypt in Chililabombwe after he impressed Renard with his composure in a friendly against French Ligue 2 side Nimes.

“Sinkala still remains an integral figure of the national team and will part of the team in the coming games,” Mwamelo said.

Francis Kasonde is now likely to be a direct replacement for Sinkala with either new Lorient signing Jonas Sakuwaha or Fwayo Tembo also up for consideration.

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