Zambia have asked FIFA to force FC Utrecht to release injured Jacob Mulenga for their deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
The 29-year-old is reported to have sustained a hamstring injury while training with the Dutch club.
Mulenga as a result sat out of Utrecht’s Eredivisie match last Sunday against PEC Zwolle.
The Dutch club have however since refused to release the experience striker for Zambia’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Friday over fear his injury will worsen if he makes the trip to join the Chipolopolo camp.
The Zambia FA have now asked FIFA to intercede in compelling Utrecht to allow the player travel to the Chipolopolo camp in order to be medically assessed by doctors.
The Zambians are suspicious of the sudden injury to their important player and will want to determine for themselves if indeed Mulenga is injured as claimed.
It is however unlikely for the player to join the Zambia camp before the team travels to Ghana on Wednesday.
The news of Mulenga’s injury had become a headache to coach Herve Renard who was hoping to have all of his players in full fitness ahead of the expected tough match against the Black Stars.
Zambia need to beat Ghana in order to pick the sole progressive ticket in Group D of the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup to be hosted by Brazil.