Injured Zambia striker Mukuka Mulenga has been forced to join the Chipolopolo camp in Johannesburg for his fitness to be ascertained ahead of Friday’s crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
The new Mamelodi Sundowns signing has been sidelined since August 3 with an ankle ligament injury but was named in the squad to face the Black Stars in Kumasi next week in the decisive clash.
But the Zambians have asked him to report to their camp in Johannesburg so that his fitness can be ascertained.
Mukuka, who is said not to have taken part in practice at Zambia’s Johannesburg training base on Saturday, joined camp with the full blessings of Sundowns.
“Mukuka is just recovering from an injury so we can’t say whether he will play or not,” Sundowns PRO Kabelo Mosito told The Post Newspaper.
“The Doctors from both Zambia and the club have to assess him but we can’t hold him if he is OK.”
Zambia are also sweating on the fitness of Orlando Pirates striker Collins Mbesuma who is expected to be assessed when he joins the team after attending his father’s burial on August 31 in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, defender Kampamba Chintu of NFD side Roses United was the first foreign-based player to join camp on Thursday on the same date the seven-home based players arrived in Johannesburg from Zambia.
The rest of the call-ups are due to arrive on Sunday and Monday after taking care of their respective league obligations.